In this introduction to the special issue the authors craft a critical autoethnography to chronicle their relationship and/to critical autoethnography. They use Michelle Obama’s book and documentary Becoming to reflect on how the critical reflexivity inherent in autoethnographic work can be used to document relationships, moments of revelation, and self-empowerment. They then preview four articles that map experiences of becoming linked to racialized identity, disability, and family.
Becoming: A Critical Autoethnography on Critical Autoethnography
Robin M. Boylorn is an associate professor of Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Alabama, where she teaches and writes about issues of culture, social identity, and diversity, concentrating on the lived experiences of Black women. She is the author of Sweetwater: Black Women and Narratives of Resilience, co-writer of The Crunk Feminist Collection, and co-editor, with Mark Orbe, of Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life.
Mark P. Orbe is a professor of Communication & Diversity in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University where he also is a Faculty Fellow in the Office of Institutional Equity. His teaching and research explore the inextricable relationships among culture, power, and communication in a wide variety of contexts.
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Robin M. Boylorn, Mark P. Orbe; Becoming: A Critical Autoethnography on Critical Autoethnography. Journal of Autoethnography 11 January 2021; 2 (1): 5–12. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/joae.2021.2.1.5
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