In this essay, I illustrate how autoethnography can make more meaningful, socially-relevant communication research possible. I also describe six interrelated joys of autoethnography, specifi cally the joys of (a) writing through pain, confusion, anger, and uncertainty; (b) illuminating nuances—complexities—of cultural phenomena; (c) creating accessible and engaging texts; (d) generating insider knowledge; (e) granting a person the ability to (re)claim voice on a taboo, silenced topic; and (f) making life better.
The Joys of Autoethnography: Possibilities for Communication Research
Tony E. Adams, Department of Communication, Media and Theatre, Northeastern Illinois University. Correspondence to: Tony E. Adams, Department of Communication, Media and Theatre, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 North St. Louis Avenue, FA 240, Chicago, IL 60625. E-mail: email@example.com.
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Tony E. Adams; The Joys of Autoethnography: Possibilities for Communication Research. Qualitative Communication Research 1 June 2012; 1 (2): 181–194. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/qcr.2012.1.2.181
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