- Tessa Muncey - University of Leeds, UK, Homerton School of Health Studies
Ethnography | Social Research Methods
The book is structured to mirror the process of writing about experience, from establishing an idea through to the process of writing and the development of creative writing skills, and provides detailed worked examples of the whole process. The final two chapters are devoted to exploring two cases in which readers can see the principles discussed in action. There are also a wide range of case studies drawn from a wide a range of social science disciplines and exercises throughout the text.
In the book, Tessa Muncey identifies a number of trends in social science research, such as the increasing focus on the individual and giving a voice to service users, that are resulting in an increase of interest in narrative research. Creating Autoethnographies is a timely contribution to the field.
Tessa Muncey is one of the leading names in this field and is the annual organiser and chair of the Mixed Methods Conference.
Autoethnography, like all research genres, is a contested term with diverse connotations. Muncey offers clarity of understanding of the term, its evolution as a facet of anthropological research, and some of the key influences in postmodernist thought that have helped to widen its application in psychological and sociological disciplines.
British Journal of Guidance and Counselling
This is a unique text. Using autobiographies as an approach to social research is clearly presented. The book is short and therefore forms an excellent addition to the textbook for my ethnography and cultural analysis course.
using to illustrate power of personal stories
An inspirational book that highlights the topic of diversity among healthcare professionals. It is an advanced book for undergraduate courses, but can be used if the students (not English native speakers) are supervised in their reading. This book can be recommended as literature for nursing philosophy, diversity management and professional development.
Don't like the style particularly
useful information although a little too in depth for the level of learner I teach.
We have students using a range of reserach methodologies and this is certainly a text that I will recommend for those wishing to use autoethnographies within their individual dissertations
Autoethnography is not something that clinical psychologists have traditionally embraced. I have decided to adopt this book as supplementary reading to try and encourage our trainee clinical psychologists to consider another approach to undertaking research at a doctoral level. This book is a good introduction and I suspect that my students will connect with the honesty and openness with which it is written.
This book offers valuable guidance to students who may choose to consider influences on self that impact on 'therapeutic use of self' in health care or professional 'reflective practices'. This has been purchased for our library research section.