Title

Introduction: Decolonizing Autoethnography

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2018

Keywords

autoethnography, ethnographies, methodologies, decolonizing the academy, pedagogy, critical race theory, ethnicity and race

Abstract

Can there be a decolonial autoethnography? If so, what could such an autoethnography look, sound, and feel like? If the possibility of decolonizing this mode of knowing does not exist, then what are the impediments—discursive, material, political, social—that disallow a move to decolonized autoethnographic work? Where would decolonization take us? What does it mean to write the self in and out of colonial historical frameworks? In this special issue, we bring to life such conversations through nine essays and a postscript that perform, ruminate, narrate—with a thoughtful tenderness—some versions of decolonized and postcolonial autoethnography. The essays illustrate the form that emerges when the colonial and postcolonial (both past and present) are taken as central concerns in autoethnographic writing.

Volume

18

Issue

1

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