Symbiotic Autoethnography: Moving Beyond the Boundaries of Qualitative Research is a highly accessible as well as scholarly text that will be of interest to newcomers to the field of autoethnography as well as more seasoned readers of the various fields and subfields couched within that catch-all category “qualitative research.” It draws the various literatures relating to that category—and its subcategories—into a persuasive argument for an approach to ethnography that includes the experience of the writer/researcher as an element in any ethnographic inquiry, and, crucially, relates that experience symbiotically to the wider cultural, social, and—sometimes—political context. It is that last point, regarding the symbiotic nature of autoethnography, that gives to this book its theoretical edge and originality.

The book is in large part a methodological reflection on the author’s earlier autoethnographic research focusing on how academics with Soviet backgrounds construct for themselves a notion of academic leadership within a Western and...

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