Spinning Autoethnographic Reflexivity, Cultural Critique, and Negotiating Selves

Authored by: Keith Berry

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.ch9

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Abstract

In 1982, complete with music and wardrobe, I spun like Wonder Woman during fifth grade recess and lived to talk about it. I was an eleven-year-old boy with adult-like seriousness, which meant commitment and planning. Securing the music was easy, as I had just received a double-decker, double-cassette boom box for Christmas. When no one in my family was looking, it only took a few tries of holding its tiny microphone to our 19" Zenith to capture the theme music that opened the hit television show. Acquiring the wardrobe was different. Wonder Woman typically wore star-spangled nylon shorts and cape, a golden Lasso of Truth, bullet-proof bracelets, golden tiara, and bright red knee-high boots. I opted for a tight-fitting pair of shorts, a white clothes hanger rope lasso attached to my belt, gray duct tape bracelets, and a light blue nylon jacket-cape. Imagination filled in the rest of the details. I was a young boy pursuing a mission that would come to shape me personally, culturally, and reflexively.

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