Resisting Oppressive Spaces within Paradigms
Foreword by Norman K. Denzin
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Norman K. Denzin
William M. Sughrua’s important new book, Heightened Performative Autoethnography, “is directed to ‘critically engaged’ researchers and scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and education” (Chapter 1, p. 1). It offers a social advocacy agenda for those who feel a “responsibility to address processes of unfairness or injustice within a particular lived domain” (Madison, 2012, p. 5; italics in original). This is a type of autoethnography in which the author-researcher “is a protagonist, character, witness narrator, or some such integral player within the evolving story to the extent that she/he becomes deeply engrained within the dramatic dimension of the paper, apparently more so than in other types of autoethnography” (Chapter 1, p. 6).
A decade ago the field of autoethnography was just gaining a foothold and had yet to be linked with the performance turn in anthropology and communication studies. Critical pedagogy was a literature onto itself, a branch of critical theory, with links to the Frankfurt School, Habermas, Gramsci, Paulo Freire, and Agusto Boal.1
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