Critical Autoethnography. Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life

Boylorn, Robin M. – Orbe, Mark P. (eds)
Critical Autoethnography. Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life
Left Cost Press

This volume uses autoethnography—cultural analysis through personal narrative—to explore the tangled relationships between culture and communication. Using an intersectional approach to the many aspects of identity at play in everyday life, a diverse group of authors reveals the complex nature of lived experiences. They situate interpersonal experiences of gender, race, ethnicity, ability, and orientation within larger systems of power, oppression, and social privilege. An excellent resource for undergraduates, graduate students, educators, and scholars in the fields of intercultural and interpersonal communication, and qualitative methodology.

Table of Contents
Foreword: Merging Culture and Personal Experience in Critical Autoethnography, Carolyn Ellis and Arthur Bochner
Introduction: Cultural Autoethnography as Method of Choice, Robin M. Boylorn & Mark P. Orbe

Section I: Complicating Mundane Everyday Life Encounters
Chapter 1: The Transitory Radical: Making Place with Cancer, Jeanine M. Mingé and John Burton Sterner
Chapter 2: Negating the Inevitable: Empowerment Through Autoethnography and Retrospective Sensemaking, Tabatha L. Roberts
Chapter 3: Post-Coming Out Complications, Tony E. Adams

Section II: Embracing Ambiguous and Non-Binary Identities
Chapter 4: Negotiating More, (Mis)labeling the Body: A Tale of Intersectionality, Amber L. Johnson
Chapter 5: Performing Fortune Cookie: An Autoethnographic Performance on Diasporic Hybridity, Richie Neil Hao
Chapter 6: Critical Autoethnography as Intersectional Praxis: A Performative Pedagogical Interplay on Bleeding Borders of Identity, Bryant Keith Alexander

Section III: Negotiating Socially Stigmatized Identities
Chapter 7: A Story & A Stereotype: A Race(d), Class(ed) & Gender(ed) Auto/ethnography, Robin M. Boylorn
Chapter 8: Caught in Code: Arab American Identity, Image, and Lived Reality, Desiree Yomtoob
Chapter 9: Lather, Rinse, Reclaim: Cultural (Re)Conditioning of the Gay (Bear) Body, Patrick Santoro
Chapter 10: The (Dis)ability Double Life: Exploring the Terrible Dichotomy of (Il)Legitimacy in Higher Education, Dana Morella-Pozzi

Section IV: Creating Pathways to Authentic Selves
Chapter 11: Socio-economic Im(Mobility): Resisting Classifications Within a ‘Post-Projects’ Identity, Mark P. Orbe
Chapter 12: Mindful Heresy, Holo-expression, and Poesis: An Autoethnographic Response to the Orthodoxies of Interpersonal & Cultural Life, Sarah Amira de la Garza
Chapter 13: Favor: An Autoethnography of Survival, Rex L. Crawley
Conclusion: Critical Autoethnography: Implications & Future Directions, Mark P. Orbe & Robin M. Boylorn

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