Autoethnography as the Engagement of Self/Other, Self/Culture, Self/Politics, and Selves/Futures

Authored by: Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson

Handbook of Autoethnography

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781598746006
eBook ISBN: 9781315427812
Adobe ISBN: 9781315427805

10.4324/9781315427812.ch13

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Abstract

Exhaustion clouds my body-mind, cotton woolliness of brain. World dimly perceived through a veil of fatigue. Nearly three weeks solid of marking. Legs and arms heavy from it, neck and shoulders rigid, strained, taut to breaking. Eyes red and gritty. It's going to be a hard run tonight, I guess. But just a few minutes into my stride the navy-dusk wind is cutting away the work smog, sloughing off the grey skin of the working day. I am cleansed. I am back. I am back in-body after yet another day of attempted body denial and enforced focus on the headwork. Quads surge forward, muscles strong and bulking, pushing against tracksters, abs tighten and flatten against the chill wind as I begin to up the pace... Power surges through me, I feel butch, lean, mean and honed, and very much woman. [Extract from field notes]

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