Autoethnography as a research method: Advantages, limitations and criticisms

  • Mariza G. Méndez Universidad de Quintana Roo
Keywords: Autoethnography, Research methods, Narrative writing (en_US)

Abstract (en_US)

The aim of this article is to review the literature  on autoethnography as a research method. It will first describe what is meant by autoethnography, or evocative narratives, and consider the particular features of this type of method. The paper will go on to explore the advantages, limitations and criticisms this research method has endured since its emergence during the 1980s. Finally, the different approaches to the evaluation of autoethnography will be reviewed.


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Author Biography

Mariza G. Méndez, Universidad de Quintana Roo
PhD. from the University of Nottingham, England (2008-2011), and M.A in Educational Psychology from
the University of Havana, Cuba (2000). She holds an M.A in TESOL from the University of Manchester, England (2001) and is Technical Secretariat of Research and Graduate Studies in the Division of Political Science and Humanities at University of Quintana Roo, Mexico.


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How to Cite
Méndez, M. G. (2013). Autoethnography as a research method: Advantages, limitations and criticisms. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 15(2), 279-287.
Published: 2013-07-01
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