A harmony of voices: the value of collaborative autoethnography as collective witnessing during a pandemic

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Abstract

In this chapter, I describe collaborative autoethnography—the methodology which was chosen for this book. In order to clearly explain this methodology, I explore my own journey as I moved into social science research, discovered autoethnography, and subsequently encountered collaborative autoethnography. Through my reflections, I highlight the knowledge which can be gained through purposeful exploration of personal experience. I also demonstrate how, when multiple autoethnographers work together, the resulting collaboration creates a profound synergy and harmony of voices which cannot be achieved by an individual alone. Finally, I present the specific framework used to apply the collaborative autoethnography methodology in this book.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch and Teaching in a Pandemic World
Subtitle of host publicationThe Challenges of Establishing Academic Identities During Times of Crisis
EditorsBasil Cahusac de Caux, Lynette Pretorius, Luke Macaulay
Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
PublisherSpringer
Chapter3
Pages25-33
Number of pages9
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9789811977572
ISBN (Print)9789811977565
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Autoethnography
  • Collaborative autoethnography
  • Reflective practice
  • Reflection
  • COVID-19
  • Qualitative research
  • Research methods

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