Autoethnography as ‘valid’ methodology? A study of disrupted identity narratives

Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn and Hockey, John (2008) Autoethnography as ‘valid’ methodology? A study of disrupted identity narratives. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 3 (6). pp. 209-217. ISSN 1833-1882

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Despite its burgeoning popularity in recent years, autoethnography is still considered a contentious, even a ‘self-indulgent’ genre, at least within some quarters of the social sciences, where it is viewed as more akin to ‘navel-gazing’ autobiography than to rigorous social scientific research. This article considers some of the advantages and challenges of working with a variation of the genre – a collaborative autoethnography. Our research project examined from a sociological perspective disrupted athletic identities occasioned by long-term sporting injuries. Whilst not a narrative analysis per se, we examine here some of the narratives (spoken and written) co-produced during the process of injury and rehabilitation. Such narrative activity facilitated sense-making at the phenomenological, interactional and analytic levels, and helped counteract the threat of identity disruption caused by long-term, serious injury. The article considers the potential of the autoethnograhic approach for providing unique insights into lived-body experiences, and concludes with a discussion of just some of the ethical issues arising from this methodological approach.

Keywords: Autoethnography, Ethics, Narratives, Sporting Injuries

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Sociology, Autoethnography, Narrative, Sports Injuries, Research ethics, Identity
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:6237
Deposited By: Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
Deposited On:25 Sep 2012 06:03
Last Modified:06 Dec 2013 09:30

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