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Michael Hemmingson

Seeking chapters for an an anthology tentatively titled _First Person
Sociology: Towards Autoethnography and the Subjective "I" in Today's
Qualitative Research_ (McFarland and Co., 2010).

Autoethnography is growing in popularity in qualitative research,
mostly in the social sciences, but now crossing over into the
humanities (art, painting, video). In its development over the past 20
post-postmodern years, the method has been called systematic
sociological introspection (Ellis, 1991a), emotional sociology (Ellis,
1991b), radical empiricism, reflexive ethnography, auto-anthropology,
and so on. This anthology will lean towards authoethnography as a
"first person sociology" (see Koker, 1996) (there may be a First
Person Anthropology volume as well) that aims to cover many aspects of
the qualitative inquiry in the social sciences, under the umbrella of

While the "rules" of autoethnography have been governed by a small
cabal of academics during its early growth, there has been evidence of
younger scholars rebelling from the constraints and expanding on
approaches and methodologies (just as autoethnography once rebelled
against conservative praxis) -- while the form is generally a written
genre following the intro/lit review/data/conclusion mode, some
researchers have been using images, video, the internet, podcasts,
vlogs, and even reality programming to perform their autoethnographic
texts that break away similar to a local culture freeing itself from
colonial rule. These works are subaltern pedagogy that to heart what
C. Wright Mills (1959, p. 148) stated: "Every [wo]man his[her] own
methodologist!" While autoethnographies "tend to focus on tragic
and/or negative events" (Speedy, 2008, p. 159) such as cancer,
suicide, bi-polarism, physical ailments, natural death of loved ones,
and that autoethnography's remarkable diva and advocate, Carolyn Ellis
(2004), contends it is not feasible to create emotionally evocative
texts that use systematic sociological introspection (Ellis, 1991a) to
study the self in culture when one is feeling happiness, joy, hope
and love. New scholars working in the autoethnographical mode disagree
and have found the evocative in humor (Jones, 2007; Hemmingson,
2008a), sensuality and sexuality (Charles, 2007; Jewett, 2008;
Hemmingson, 2008b, all following Goode, 2002), and so on, within the
great varieties of human (social) emotions.

This anthology is open to all approaches of the study of self in
culture, the autoethnography, the "mystory" (Denzin, 1989), the
layered account/messy text (Speedy, 2008), the performative and
introspective. The editor is especially interested in long chapters
(8-15,000 words) or even an autoethnographic haiku.

Please keep literature reviewing to a basic minimum -- the editor's
introduction, which is 14,000 words long, reviews all the major works
of auto/e, so any additional review would "feel" systematically
redundant. Two or three sentences of your method or form (layered
account, memory work, performance dialogue, self-interview, etc) is
all that is needed. When discussing the work of previous
autoethnograhers, do so in your analysis/reflection section and how
your work was inspired or related or addresses the other work.
Methodology essays have already been accepted, but the editor will
read "autoethnographies about autoethnography" if "new" and unique
takes on method are addressed.

The anthology will be c. 100-120,000 words (400+ pages), including c.
10-12 chapters/essays. About 1/3 of the book has been pre-accepted.
The editor will look at abstracts and completed works...

Deadline is January 2, 2009 -- however, if enough good work comes in
before that, the anthology will close. So it is best to get your
submissions in early.

Submit via email: michael.hemmingson@...


Charles. L. (2007). Intimate colonialisms. Walnut Creek: Left Coast.

Denzin, N.K. (1989). Interpretive biography. Newbury Park: Sage.

Ellis, C. (1991a). Sociological introspection and emotional
experience. Symbolic Interaction, 14, 23-50.

Ellis, C. (1991b). Emotional sociology. Studies in Symbolic
Interaction, 12, 123-145.

Ellis, C. (2004) The Ethnographic I. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press.

Goode, E. (2002). Sexual involvement and social research in a fat
civil rights organization. Qualitative Sociology 25(4), 501-534.

Hayano, D.M. (1979). Auto-ethnography. Human Organization, 38, 99-104.

Hemmingson, M. (2008a) Make them giggle: Auto/ethnography as stand-up
comedy. Creative Approaches to Research, 1(2), np.

Hemmingson, M. (2008b). Zona norte: An auto/ethnography of desire and
addiction. Newscastle-on-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.

Jewett, L.M. (2008). A delicate dance: Autoethnography, curriculum,
and the semblance of intimacy. New York: Peter Lang.

Jones, K. (2007). How Did I Get to Princess Margaret? (And How Did I
Get Her to the World Wide Web?). Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung /
Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 8(3), Art. 3,

Kolker, A. (1996). Thrown overboard: The human costs of health care
rationing. In Ellis, C. & Bochner, A. P. (Eds.), Composing
ethnography: Alternative forms of qualitative writing. Walnut Creek,
CA: AltaMira Press.

Mills, C.W. (1959). The sociological imagination. NY: Oxford UP.

Speedy, J. (2008). Narrative inquiry and psychotherapy. Houndsmills,
UK: Palgrave.

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