Tensions in (re)presenting the self in reflexive autoethnographical research

Tensions in (re)presenting the self in reflexive autoethnographical research Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore a number of tensions arising in the presentation of autoethnographical research. Design/methodology/approach – The paper provides a reflexive autoethnographical account of undertaking and publically presenting autoethnographical research. Findings – The paper problematises the extent and form of disclosure; the voice and representation of the researcher; the difficulties in dealing with sensitive subjects; conflicts between public and private domains; questions of validity; the extent and form of theorisation of autoethnographical narratives; and emotion and performativity in presenting autoethnographical research. Originality/value – The paper provides an analysis of the potential of autoethnography, while exploring the presentational and performative context of academia. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal Emerald Publishing

Tensions in (re)presenting the self in reflexive autoethnographical research

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1746-5648
DOI
10.1108/17465641111159125
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore a number of tensions arising in the presentation of autoethnographical research. Design/methodology/approach – The paper provides a reflexive autoethnographical account of undertaking and publically presenting autoethnographical research. Findings – The paper problematises the extent and form of disclosure; the voice and representation of the researcher; the difficulties in dealing with sensitive subjects; conflicts between public and private domains; questions of validity; the extent and form of theorisation of autoethnographical narratives; and emotion and performativity in presenting autoethnographical research. Originality/value – The paper provides an analysis of the potential of autoethnography, while exploring the presentational and performative context of academia.

Journal

Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 23, 2011

Keywords: Autoethnography; Self; Reflexivity; Academia; Representation; Performativity; Research; Research methods

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    Van Maanen, J.
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