Understanding my autoethnographic process

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Borrie, A. 2022. Understanding my autoethnographic process. The International Conference of Autoethnography, 2022. .
AuthorsBorrie, A.
TypeConference Presentation
Abstract

When undertaking an autoethnographic study of my professional career in high performance sport I found an absence of literature giving guidance on the construction of research processes based on personal reflection. To support other researchers who are taking their first steps in to autoethnography I have attempted to describe, and make accessible, my research process. Through my research I have identified two elements that other researchers may find useful as ‘handrails’ to guide their own methodology. These elements were ‘phasing’ and ‘layering’.
I experienced four research phases within my process as I moved from identifying critical events in my experiences to constructing a narrative to express my learning. The phases were interrelated and did not form a linear research path but did describe a generalised evolution of thought processes.
In writing I used what I describe as a ‘layered’ approach to constructing the final narrative. This involved writing, and then re-writing, different sections of the narrative in a non-linear way. The writing of any stage of the narrative could cause shifts in perspective that required re-writing of earlier or later stages. Consequently, the final narrative was written in ‘layers’ which reflected the evolution of my understanding of my experience.

Keywordsautoethnography methods
Year2022
ConferenceThe International Conference of Autoethnography, 2022.
Web address (URL)http://boomerang-project.org.uk/events/23-july-2018-british-auto-ethnography-conference/
Web address (URL) of conference proceedingshttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWNYTUbli3wRLda7ZmbpqOQ
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online18 Jul 2022
Publication process dates
Deposited30 Sep 2022
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