Seeing autoethnograpy

Once I started blogging, I found myself becoming more aware of bloggable moments. I saw blog posts in the things that I do every day. I still ‘see’ blog posts, I just don’t always have the time to write them up!

Now that I’m reading a lot about autoethnography and starting to write my dissertation, I’m finding that I am seeing autoethnographic moments. The little epiphanies that happen on a daily or weekly basis become things that would make good autoethnographic stories. I believe this is what Ellis & Bochner call ‘living the autoethnographic life’.

Muncey (2010) highlights that “there is no distinction between research and living a life” (p.3). Although I don’t necessarily agree in the broader sense – in that I think research brings an awareness to living that doesn’t necessarily happen when you are not researching. Perhaps that is the mindfulness that psychologists often tout as a way to manage stress in life. Perhaps the awareness because of research is my personal mindfulness practice?

Reference

Muncey, T. (2010). Why do autoethnography? Discovering the individual in research. In Creating Autoethnographies. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. doi:10.4135/9781446268339

Feature image by Darragh O Connor CC licence

2 Comments

  1. As story-tellers do we place ourselves within environments that offer us significant possibilities? As a dispassionate casual visitor walking through the world I might never discover the importance of the things I step over.
    Not sure Mindfullness as discussed today is the correct term–though Ellen Langer’s original writing on mindfulness may apply. Have to think about that. Changing to being vulnerable to certain forces might make us better observers. Being vulnerable amplifies disturbances to our understanding but may not be popular because people associate vulnerability with weakness.

    Looking around in my files I found a blog of yours from 2015 and a reference to this book review.
    Arthur W. Frank,
    Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-Narratology.
    Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010, 212 pp. $US 25.00
    hardcover (978-0-226-26013-6)
    https://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/CJS/article/viewFile/11721/9417

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