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Tensions in (re)presenting the self in reflexive autoethnographical research

Kathryn Haynes (Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK)

Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management

ISSN: 1746-5648

Article publication date: 23 August 2011




The purpose of this paper is to explore a number of tensions arising in the presentation of autoethnographical research.


The paper provides a reflexive autoethnographical account of undertaking and publically presenting autoethnographical research.


The paper problematises the extent and form of disclosure; the voice and representation of the researcher; the difficulties in dealing with sensitive subjects; conflicts between public and private domains; questions of validity; the extent and form of theorisation of autoethnographical narratives; and emotion and performativity in presenting autoethnographical research.


The paper provides an analysis of the potential of autoethnography, while exploring the presentational and performative context of academia.



Haynes, K. (2011), "Tensions in (re)presenting the self in reflexive autoethnographical research", Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 134-149.



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