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Critical Writing for Embodied Approaches

Autoethnography, Feminism and Decoloniality

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  • Explores the uses of autoethnography as an influential and radical tool in qualitative educational research and writing

  • Argues that autoethnography enables an emotioned, embodied and ethical approach to issues of research and writing in education

  • Uses autoethnography to critically examine the potential of autoethnography in education research

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. A-Way of Writing, the Way it is Written

    • Elizabeth Mackinlay
    Pages 1-14
  3. Ending Writing, at the Beginning

    • Elizabeth Mackinlay
    Pages 15-39
  4. Writing with Cixous, in Love

    • Elizabeth Mackinlay
    Pages 41-60
  5. Writing with Virginia Woolf, not Afraid

    • Elizabeth Mackinlay
    Pages 61-78
  6. But First, a Love Affair with Words

    • Elizabeth Mackinlay
    Pages 79-100
  7. Writing, in and to Arrivance

    • Elizabeth Mackinlay
    Pages 101-133
  8. Writing, A-Way to Un-Forgetting

    • Elizabeth Mackinlay
    Pages 135-152
  9. Writing Decoloniality, with Cixous and Woolf

    • Elizabeth Mackinlay
    Pages 153-186
  10. Critical Autoethnography, to Trouble with Words

    • Elizabeth Mackinlay
    Pages 187-220
  11. Writing, an Ethical Conversation

    • Elizabeth Mackinlay
    Pages 221-247
  12. Back Matter

    Pages 261-265

About this book

Autoethnography is a unique discipline which steps inside and outside the self to experience, embody and express social and cultural meaning. At once a performative, political and poetic genre of research writing, it holds the potential to uncover the ‘heart of the world’, if only for a moment. The author uses theory as story and story as theory to explore her place in the world through painstaking and intimate self and social narratives to lay bare the unique challenges and rewards of autoethnography. 

Framed around the metaphor of ‘heartlines’, the author explores autoethnographic practice as critical feminist and decolonial work and the power it holds for not only imagining a wise, ethical and loving world, but for making such a kind place possible. Through a performative journey of the heart, we travel with the author as she unearths the power of words, of writing and not-writing, evoking in particular the work of Hélène Cixous and Virginia Woolf. This reflective, passionate and pioneering volume will be of interest and value to all those interested in autoethnography and the ways in which it can be applied as critical, ethical and political work in the social sciences. 


Keywords

  • Research Methods
  • Research Ethics
  • Ethnography
  • Equality
  • Methodological Narrative

Authors and Affiliations

  • School of Education, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia

    Elizabeth Mackinlay

About the author

Elizabeth Mackinlay is Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Critical Writing for Embodied Approaches

  • Book Subtitle: Autoethnography, Feminism and Decoloniality

  • Authors: Elizabeth Mackinlay

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-04669-9

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-04668-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-04669-9

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 265

  • Number of Illustrations: 23 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Sociology of Education, Sociological Methods, Ethnography, Human Rights, Gender Studies

Buying options

eBook
USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-04669-9
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)