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

Kathryn Haynes*

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore a number of tensions arising in the presentation of autoethnographical research. The paper provides a reflexive autoethnographical account of undertaking and publically presenting autoethnographical research. 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. The paper provides an analysis of the potential of autoethnography, while exploring the presentational and performative context of academia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-149
Number of pages16
JournalQualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • academia
  • autoethnography
  • performativity
  • reflexivity
  • representation
  • research
  • research methods
  • self

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