Sushi & a side of… gameplay

Caitlin Olsen

Autoethnography is a form of qualitative research, that “seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in order to understand cultural experience” (Ellis, 2004; Holman, Jones 2005). Autoethnography was first established after scholars considered a way to respond positively to critiques of canonical ideas about what research is and how research should be done. Specifically, methods of producing meaningful, accessible, and evocative research with a foundation that encompassed personal experience (Ellis & Bochner 2000). This would be research that would sensitise readers to issues of identity politics, to experiences obscured by silence and forms of representation that deepen our capacity to empathise with people who are different from us (Ellis & Bochner 2000). Autoethnography is more commonly used today as the majority of researchers view this form of analysis as favourable, mainly because it acknowledges and accommodates subjectivity, emotionality and the researcher’s influence on research (Ellis, C, Adams, T &…

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