Personal/Political Interventions via Autoethnography

Dualisms, Knowledge, Power, and Performativity in Research Relations

Authored by: Keyan G. Tomaselli , Lauren Dyll-Myklebust , Sjoerd van Grootheest

Handbook of Autoethnography

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

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


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Keyan discovered autoethnography by accident. Stuck in the middle of the Kalahari Desert with a group of students due to engine failure, he started writing about the experience as it unfolded. Ten days later, having fished for spare parts and tires over hundreds of kilometers and fixed the vehicle, they proceeded to their research site, still a day's drive in deep sand. His diary later formed the basis for an article. When the article was submitted to Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, the editor, Norman Denzin, responded that he could "smell the dust" (see Tomaselli, 2001). Not previously aware of autoethnography, Keyan then introduced the method to his students and colleagues.

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