Being there: ethnographic research and autobiography

Stuart Hannabuss (Stuart Hannabuss is Lecturer in Management, School of Information and Media, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK.)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Publication date: 1 March 2000

Abstract

Qualitative research offers a unique insight into the behaviour and beliefs and meanings of the organisations, situations and people studied. Often these meanings express themselves in narrative forms. The researcher’s own experience of research itself takes a narrative form, and has similarities with autobiography. The reflexive elements of autobiography can make for more self‐aware research, above all when the researchers are researching organisations, situations and groups of which they themselves are a part.

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Citation

Hannabuss, S. (2000), "Being there: ethnographic research and autobiography", Library Management, Vol. 21 No. 2, pp. 99-107. https://doi.org/10.1108/01435120010309425

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MCB UP Ltd

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