chapter  3
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Research Autobiographical Writing and Identity

A review of the literature in the previous chapter shows that there are some unanswered but important questions in the fi eld of SLA regarding autobiographical writing and identity in the EFL context. This chapter paves the way to answering these questions by explicating the use of an emergent case study design as a methodology or ‘the approach to systematic inquiry’ (Mertens, 2005, p. 7). This choice is shaped by my evolving understandings about the research topic as well as the changing situations at the research site. It entails seven main aspects: emergent case study design, theoretical perspectives, background of the Bai people, fi eldwork, data collection, data analysis, and conventions.