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Autoethnography as Pedagogy: Writing the “I” in IR

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Michael Barr



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Sage, 2019.

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While autoethnography has established itself as a research method, its utility in the classroom remains under explored. Many writers use autoethnography to describe their roles as educators and students but far fewer detail an actual autoethnographic course. I analyze a highly original MA level class on autoethnography in international relations. Students report that the course had the “potential to revolutionize” learning and teaching as a means of questioning themselves in relation to the social and political worlds they studied. Autoethnography has transformed the way we approach ourselves and our research; it is now time we let it change how we teach.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Barr M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Qualitative Inquiry

Year: 2019

Volume: 25

Issue: 9-10

Pages: 1106-1114

Print publication date: 01/11/2019

Online publication date: 22/08/2018

Acceptance date: 12/07/2018

Date deposited: 12/07/2018

ISSN (print): 1077-8004

ISSN (electronic): 1552-7565

Publisher: Sage


DOI: 10.1177/1077800418792940


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