Autoethnography

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Jumping On and Off the Runaway Train of Success: Stress and Committed Intensity in an Academic Life, Symbolic Interaction (2011)

This story describes a seasoned professor's attempts to take stock of her academic life. The...

 

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Lechem Hara (bad bread), Lechem Tov (good bread): Survival and Sacrifice during the Holocaust, Qualitative Inquiry (2010)

In Judaism, human nature is understood as existing on a spectrum between yetzer hara (evil...

 

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At Home With 'Real Americans': Communicating Across the Urban/Rural and Black/White Divides in the 2008 Presidential Election, Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies (2009)

This ethnographic story seeks to reveal the complexity in talking across the urban/rural and Black/White...

 

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Fighting Back or Moving On: An Autoethnographic Response to Critics, The International Review of Qualitative Research (2009)

The author lays out critiques of autoethnography from social science, post-structuralist, and aesthetic perspectives. She...

 

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Making Autoethnography Sing/Making Music Personal: Introduction (with Brydie-Leight Bartlett), Making Autoethnography Sing/Making Music Personal (2009)

Autoethnography is an autobiographical genre that connects the personal to the cultural, social, and political....

 

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Revision: Autoethnographic Reflections on Life and Work (2009)

Carolyn Ellis is the leading writer in the move toward personal, autobiographical writing as a...

 

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Telling Tales on Neighbors: Ethical Quandaries in Two Voices, The International Review of Qualitative Research (2009)

Focusing on the ethics of writing about others in ethnographic and autoethnographic tales, this article...

 

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Autoethnographic Introspective in Ethnographic Fiction: A Method of Inquiry (with C Davis), Knowing Differently: Arts-Based and Collaborative Research Methods (2008)

This book explores the experiential research methods (arts-based, reflexative, collaborative) that allow researchers to access...

 

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Autoethnography as Constructionist Project (with L Richardson), The Handbook of Constructionist Research (2008)

Constructionism has become one of the most popular research approaches in the social sciences. But...

 

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Let's Get Personal: First-Generation Autoethnographers Reflect on Writing Personal Narratives (with A Bochner, N Denzin, H L. Goodall, R Pelias, and L Richardson), Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Evidence (2008)

What is evidence in qualitative inquiry and how is it evaluated? What is true or...

 

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Talking and Thinking About Qualitative Research (with Arthur Bochner, Norman Denzin, Yvonna Lincoln, Janice Morse, Ronald Pelias, and Laurel Richardson), Qualitative Inquiry (2008)

This script comes from an edited transcript of a session titled “Talking and Thinking About...

 

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Stray Cats and Katrina's Displaced: Dealing with Society's Expendables, Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies (2007)
 

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Telling Secrets, Revealing Lives: Relational Ethics in Research with Intimate Others, Qualitative Inquiry (2007)

This article focuses on relational ethics in research with intimate others. Relational ethics requires researchers...

 

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Analyzing Analytic Autoethnography: An Autopsy (with Arthur Bochner), Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (2006)
 

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Communication as Autoethnography (with Arthur Bochner), Communication As...: Stances on Theory (2006)

In Communication as...: Perspectives on Theory, editors Gregory J. Shepherd, Jeffrey St. John, and Ted...

 

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The Ethnographic I and Intimate Journalism, Asia Communication and Media Studies (2005)

As a sociology and communication ethnographer, I specialize in writing autoethnographies-ethnographies that focus on personal...

 

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The Ethnographic I: A Methodological Novel About Autoethnography (2004)

Carolyn Ellis, the leading proponent of autoethnography, weaves both methodological advice and her own personal...

 

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Wording Pictures: Discovering Heartful Autoethnography (with K Scott-Hoy), The Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Social Science Research (2004)

The Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Inquiry: Perspectives, Methodologies, Examples, and Issues represents an...

 

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Shattered Lives: Making Sense of September 11th and Its Aftermath, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (2002)

During the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, the author was on a plane headed...

 

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Take No Chances, Qualitative Inquiry (2002)
 

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Their Story/My Story/Our Story: Including the Researcher's Experience in Interview Research (with L Berger), Handbook of Interview Research: Context and Method (2002)

Interviewing has become the window on the world of experience for both researchers and professionals....

 

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Autoethnography, Personal Narrative, Reflexivity: Researcher as Subject (with Arthur Bochner), The Handbook of Qualitative Research (2000)

Once again, editors Norman K. Denzin and Yvonna S Lincoln have put together a volume...

 

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Creating Criteria: An Ethnographic Short Story, Qualitative Inquiry (2000)

In this work, the author introspects about the steps she takes when evaluating narrative ethnographies....

 

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Negotiating Terminal Illness: Communication, Collusion, and Coalition in Caregiving, Loss and Trauma: General and Close Relationship Perspectives (2000)

Given the relationship between trauma, loss, and interpersonal bonds, the editors have assembled a noteworthy...

 

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Relationships as Stories: Accounts, Storied Lives, Evocative Narratives (with A Bochner and L Tillman-Healy), Communication and Personal Relationships (2000)

This book offers new and compelling insights into the ways in which communication is central...

 

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With Mother/With Child: A True Story, Qualitative Inquiry (2000)

This story describes an evening of interaction with the author’s aging mother as the author...

 

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He(art)ful Autoethnography, Qualitative Health Research (1999)

The author seeks to develop an ethnography that includes researchers’ vulnerable selves, emotions, bodies, and...

 

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I Hate My Voice: Coming to Terms With Bodily Stigmas, The Sociological Quarterly (1998)

This article presents a narrative, autoethnographic, theoretical account of the public and private negotiation of...

 

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On the Demands of Truthfulness in Writing Personal Loss Narratives, Journal of Personal and Interpersonal Loss (1996)

There's no doubt that [your] descriptions evoke detailed images, but I think it's the honesty...

 

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Emotional and Ethical Quagmires in Returning to the Field, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (1995)

When returning to the site of prior research, ethnographers may find themselves embroiled in emotional...

 

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Final Negotiations: A Story of Love, Loss, and Chronic Illness (1995)

"This is a remarkably revealing portrait of a couple dealing with a debilitating chronic illness."...

 

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Speaking of Dying: An Ethnographic Short Story, Symbolic Interaction (1995)

Dedication: This story is dedicated to the memory of my friend, Dr. Peter Frazer, who...

 

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The Other Side of the Fence: Seeing Black and White in a Small, Southern Town, Qualitative Inquiry (1995)

In this ethnographic short story, the author wrestles with personal intricacies of being White in...

 

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There Are Survivors: Telling a Story of Sudden Death, The Sociological Quarterly (1993)

This article is a personal narrative of a family drama enacted in the aftermath of...

 

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Fisher Folk: Two Communities on Chesapeake Bay (1986)

In the backwaters of Chesapeake Bay many people spend days crabbing or shellfishing alone from...

 

Other Work

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Into the Garden of Illini: The International Congress as a House of Being for Qualitative Inquiry (with Arthur P. Bochner), The International Review of Qualitative Research (2012)
 

Transgressive Learning: A Possible Vista in Higher Education (with Marjatta Saarnivaara and Helka-Maria Kinnunen), Transitions and Transformations in Learning and Education (2012)
 

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Relational Bonding Under the Sukkah and in Oral History Pre-Interviews (with Tori Lockler and Ellen Klein), Oral History: Understanding Qualitative Research (2011)

Oral History is part of the Understanding Qualitative Research series, which is designed to provide...

 

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Trekking Through Autoethnography (with Tony Adams), Qualitative Research: An Introduction to Methods and Designs (2011)

The authors—noted scholars and researchers—provide an up-to-date guide to qualitative study design, data collection, analysis,...

 

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Meaningful Research, Aging, and Positive Transformation (with L Richardson, M Gergen, K Gergen, N Denzin, and A Bochner), Qualitative Inquiry & Human Rights (2010)

Qualitative researchers are increasingly being called upon to become human rights advocates, to help individuals...

 

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Mentoring Relationships: Creating a Future for Qualitative Inquiry (with T Adams, L Ellingson, A Bochner, N Denzin, A Durham, D S. Madison, R Alexander, R Pelias, N Defenbaugh, and L Richardson), Qualitative Inquiry and Social Justice (2009)

In increasing numbers, qualitative researchers are leaving their ivory tower perches and entering the fray,...

 

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Talking and Thinking About Qualitative Research (with Arthur Bochner, Norman Denzin, Yvonna Lincoln, Janice Morse, Ronald Pelias, and Laurel Richardson), Qualitative Inquiry (2008)

This script comes from an edited transcript of a session titled “Talking and Thinking About...

 

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Talking and Thinking About Qualitative Research (with A Bochner, N Denzin, Y Lincoln, J Morse, R Pelias, and L Richardson), Ethical Futures in Qualitative Research: Decolonizing the Politics of Knowledge (2007)

Ethics has been a perennial concern of qualitative researchers. The subject has been confounded with...

 

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Their Story/My Story/Our Story: Including the Researcher's Experience in Interview Research (with L Berger), Handbook of Interview Research: Context and Method (2002)

Interviewing has become the window on the world of experience for both researchers and professionals....

 

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Personal Narrative as a Social Approach to Interpersonal Communication (with Arthur Bochner), Communication Theory (1992)
 

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Sociological Introspection and Emotional Experience, Symbolic Interaction (1991)

Although social constructionists now study emotions, they neglect what emotion feels like and how it...

 

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Turn-Ons for Money: Interactional Strategies of the Table Dancer (with Carol R. Ronai), Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (1989)

Using participant observation, retrospective and interactive introspection, and interviews, we describe interactional strategies used by...

 

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Jealousy and the Social Psychology of Emotional Experience (with Eugene Weinstein), Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (1986)

Jealousy is investigated as a focus for the symbolic interactionist analysis of emotion. We define...

 

Ethnography

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Relational Bonding Under the Sukkah and in Oral History Pre-Interviews (with Tori Lockler and Ellen Klein), Oral History: Understanding Qualitative Research (2011)

Oral History is part of the Understanding Qualitative Research series, which is designed to provide...

 

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Trekking Through Autoethnography (with Tony Adams), Qualitative Research: An Introduction to Methods and Designs (2011)

The authors—noted scholars and researchers—provide an up-to-date guide to qualitative study design, data collection, analysis,...

 

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Meaningful Research, Aging, and Positive Transformation (with L Richardson, M Gergen, K Gergen, N Denzin, and A Bochner), Qualitative Inquiry & Human Rights (2010)

Qualitative researchers are increasingly being called upon to become human rights advocates, to help individuals...

 

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Mentoring Relationships: Creating a Future for Qualitative Inquiry (with T Adams, L Ellingson, A Bochner, N Denzin, A Durham, D S. Madison, R Alexander, R Pelias, N Defenbaugh, and L Richardson), Qualitative Inquiry and Social Justice (2009)

In increasing numbers, qualitative researchers are leaving their ivory tower perches and entering the fray,...

 

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Revision: Autoethnographic Reflections on Life and Work (2009)

Carolyn Ellis is the leading writer in the move toward personal, autobiographical writing as a...

 

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Autoethnographic Introspective in Ethnographic Fiction: A Method of Inquiry (with C Davis), Knowing Differently: Arts-Based and Collaborative Research Methods (2008)

This book explores the experiential research methods (arts-based, reflexative, collaborative) that allow researchers to access...

 

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Talking and Thinking About Qualitative Research (with Arthur Bochner, Norman Denzin, Yvonna Lincoln, Janice Morse, Ronald Pelias, and Laurel Richardson), Qualitative Inquiry (2008)

This script comes from an edited transcript of a session titled “Talking and Thinking About...

 

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Talking and Thinking About Qualitative Research (with A Bochner, N Denzin, Y Lincoln, J Morse, R Pelias, and L Richardson), Ethical Futures in Qualitative Research: Decolonizing the Politics of Knowledge (2007)

Ethics has been a perennial concern of qualitative researchers. The subject has been confounded with...

 

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The Ethnographic I and Intimate Journalism, Asia Communication and Media Studies (2005)

As a sociology and communication ethnographer, I specialize in writing autoethnographies-ethnographies that focus on personal...

 

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The Ethnographic I: A Methodological Novel About Autoethnography (2004)

Carolyn Ellis, the leading proponent of autoethnography, weaves both methodological advice and her own personal...

 

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Being Real: Moving Inward Toward Social Change, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (2002)
 

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Their Story/My Story/Our Story: Including the Researcher's Experience in Interview Research (with L Berger), Handbook of Interview Research: Context and Method (2002)

Interviewing has become the window on the world of experience for both researchers and professionals....

 

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Writing from the Periphery (with Arthur Bochner), What's Wrong With Sociology? (2001)
 

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Creating Criteria: An Ethnographic Short Story, Qualitative Inquiry (2000)

In this work, the author introspects about the steps she takes when evaluating narrative ethnographies....

 

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Negotiating Terminal Illness: Communication, Collusion, and Coalition in Caregiving, Loss and Trauma: General and Close Relationship Perspectives (2000)

Given the relationship between trauma, loss, and interpersonal bonds, the editors have assembled a noteworthy...

 

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Relationships as Stories: Accounts, Storied Lives, Evocative Narratives (with A Bochner and L Tillman-Healy), Communication and Personal Relationships (2000)

This book offers new and compelling insights into the ways in which communication is central...

 

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Bringing Emotion and Personal Narrative into Medical Social Science, Health (1999)

Comments on an article on the ethics of informed consent by Rose Weitz previously published...

 

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Which Way to Turn? (with Arthur Bochner), Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (1999)
 

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Introduction: Taking Ethnography into the Twenty-First Century (with Arthur Bochner), Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (1996)

Postmodernist and poststructuralist perspectives on truth, objectivity and language will hopefully elicit constructive challenges to...

 

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Final Negotiations: A Story of Love, Loss, and Chronic Illness (1995)

"This is a remarkably revealing portrait of a couple dealing with a debilitating chronic illness."...

 

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Personal Narrative as a Social Approach to Interpersonal Communication (with Arthur Bochner), Communication Theory (1992)
 

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Sociological Introspection and Emotional Experience, Symbolic Interaction (1991)

Although social constructionists now study emotions, they neglect what emotion feels like and how it...

 

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Turn-Ons for Money: Interactional Strategies of the Table Dancer (with Carol R. Ronai), Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (1989)

Using participant observation, retrospective and interactive introspection, and interviews, we describe interactional strategies used by...

 

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Fisher Folk: Two Communities on Chesapeake Bay (1986)

In the backwaters of Chesapeake Bay many people spend days crabbing or shellfishing alone from...

 

Qualitative Inquiry

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Into the Garden of Illini: The International Congress as a House of Being for Qualitative Inquiry (with Arthur P. Bochner), The International Review of Qualitative Research (2012)
 

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