Auto/Ethnography and the Question of Ethics
Keywords: auto/ethnography, ethics, Self, Other
AbstractAuto/ethnography has emerged as an important method in the social sciences for contributing to the project of understanding human actions and concerns. Although the name of the method includes "ethnography," auto/ethnography often is concerned exclusively with an abstract (i.e., undeveloped) and abstracting understanding, and therefore the writing, of the Self rather than the writing of the "ethno." Auto/ethnography, such conceived, is a form of therapy, in the best case, and a form of narcissism and autoerotic relation, in the worst case. But because the Self exists in relation to the world, becomes in and through participation in everyday events, and because the human relation is inherently ethical, there are inherent ethical questions where the Other may come to be harmed as much as the Self. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0901381
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Roth, W.-M. (2008). Auto/Ethnography and the Question of Ethics. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-10.1.1213
FQS Debate: Qualitative Research and Ethics
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