Resisting Oppressive Spaces within Paradigms
Chapter 3: The Last Half of the Trip: From Autoethnography to Heightened Performative Autoethnography
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THE LAST HALF OF THE TRIP
From Autoethnography to Heightened Performative Autoethnography
The mismatch between reflexivity and IMRD, as briefly discussed at the end of the previous chapter, serves as a good lead-in to autoethnography, which along with narrative ethnography and hard ethnography is a major type of ethnography. Please allow me to belabor this point on reflexivity a little more here. I then spend the rest of this chapter discussing autoethnography; describing its principal types; presenting what I propose as a new variant of autoethnography, that termed “heightened performative” (HPA); and thereby situating HPA within critical and social justice concerns. One such concern, in this book, involves epistemological liberation by way of paradigm resistance. This becomes the theme discussed in Chapter 4. Putting into practice this paradigm theme (Chapter 4) by way of the HPA methodology or repertoire (Chapter 2; present Chapter 3), the performative core of this book consists of separate HPA papers presented as Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. To continue in the construction of the stage for these upcoming performative chapters, I now retake the methodological discussion begun in previous Chapter 2, moving forward from narrative ethnography. I thus begin with a definition of autoethnography and then go into reflexivity, IMRD, performativity, and audience.
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