chapter  27
9 Pages

Ethnography/Autoethnography/Autobiography

WithWanda Vrasti

Auto/ethnography has encouraged more transparent, egalitarian and collaborative knowledge-producing practices, a sort of re-enchantment of the world of global politics with a greater diversity of voices, characters and stories. The meaning of ethnography is not entirely stable. Originating in anthropology, it quickly migrated into sociology, cultural studies and later political science, with each discipline adapting and reinterpreting its meaning. The beginnings of ethnography are traditionally located in cultural anthropology. Perhaps the most modest approach to ethnography has been to use it as a “data-gathering machine”, capable of mining the finer elements of social reality. A slightly different approach has been to subsume ethnography to a wider feminist methodology. J. Ann Tickner explains that there is no unique feminist method. By far the most ambitious engagement with textual reflexivity and transparency has been autoethnography, whose objective has been to “re-introduce the self as a methodological resource”.