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.
Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 23, 2011
Keywords: Autoethnography; Self; Reflexivity; Academia; Representation; Performativity; Research; Research methods
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