Part One: Origins and History
1. Coming to Autoethnography
2. The Rise of Autoethnography
Part Two: Writing and Telling Evocative Stories
3. Storytelling and Story Writing
4. Thinking with 'Maternal Connections'
Part Three: Ethical Dilemmas and Ethnographic Choices
5. Doing Evocative Autoethnography Ethically
6. The 'Ethno' in Evocative Autoethnography
Part Four: Blending Evocative Genres
7. Thinking with 'Bird On The Wire'
8. Memory and Truth
About the Authors
Arthur P. Bochner is Distinguished University Professor of communication at University of South Florida and one of the leading figures in autoethnography and personal narrative. His most recent book, Coming to Narrative, won best book awards from both the National Communication Association (NCA) Ethnography Division and the International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry. He is coauthor of Understanding Family Communication, coeditor with Carolyn Ellis of two influential edited volumes on interpretive ethnography-Composing Ethnography and Ethnographically Speaking-and coedits the Writing Lives book series. Carolyn Ellis is Distinguished University Professor of communication and sociology at the University of South Florida and one of the leading figures in autoethnography. She was honored with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award in Qualitative Inquiry from the International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) and with the career Legacy Award from the National Communication Association (NCA) Ethnography Division in 2013. In 2014, the NCA awarded Ellis and Arthur Bochner the Charles H. Woolbert Research Award for their 2000 chapter, "Autoethnography, Personal Narrative, Reflexivity: Researcher as Subject." In 2015, she was honored with the title of NCA Distinguished Scholar. Her book The Ethnographic I: A Methodological Novel about Autoethnography is the foundational work on autoethnographic methods.
I have been engaged, as a teacher and researcher, with
autoethnography for over a decade.
Reading this book has me wish that I had encountered it back at the start; perhaps I could have
bypassed much of the confusion I experienced about issues such as paradigm wars, research
genres, the place of the "I" in research inquiry and such like.
David Mc Cormack, Maynooth University, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling