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Heightened Performative Autoethnography

Resisting Oppressive Spaces within Paradigms


William M. Sughrua

This book argues for – and carries out – what the author terms Heightened Performative Autoethnography (HPA). The common theme throughout the volume involves resisting oppressive and hegemonic spaces within paradigms, and hence seeking epistemological liberation. The text methodologically and conceptually situates this newly proposed variant of autoethnography, while contextualizing and justifying its «performed or enacted» theme involving resistance against the oppressiveness of paradigms. The book concludes with an analysis and commentary, demonstrating how this particular theme, and HPA as a research and writing repertoire, are able to meaningfully respond to the eighth moment of contemporary qualitative research, which calls for a critical and social justice agenda directed at empowerment, equity, liberation, and related issues. Heightened Performative Autoethnography could be used in upper-level undergraduate classes and graduate courses within the social sciences, humanities, and education, for courses on critical theory, contemporary research methodology, performative studies, narrative writing, and related subjects.
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Chapter 2: On the Road to Heightened Performative Autoethnography: Halfway There: From Ethnography to Narrative Ethnography


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Halfway There: From Ethnography to Narrative Ethnography

This chapter travels the road toward heightened performative autoethnography (HPA), the repertoire of this present book. A term of my initiative, “heightened performative autoethnography” (HPA) depicts what I deem a new variant of autoethnography. To present the basis for HPA, this chapter discusses ethnography and narrative ethnography, a type of parent and sibling (respectively) to autoethnography and hence HPA. Thereafter, Chapter 3 travels the rest of the roadway, discussing autoethnography, HPA, the eighth moment of qualitative research, and the quest for social justice. Chapter 3 thereby leads into Chapter 4, the final chapter of this first part focused on “constructing the stage for the performance.” Chapter 4 discusses social justice as epistemological liberation to be had within the scenario of paradigm resistance, so as to complete the groundwork for performative Chapters 5 to 9, which bring HPA into the generalized critical theme of paradigm resistance. I now backstep to present Chapter 2, beginning with the first mile marker on the road to HPA.

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