Sharpening the pencil: A visual journey towards the outlines of drawing as an autoethnographical method

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The chapter approaches autoethnographic drawing as a method and methodology from postdiciplinary and post-structuralist perspectives. A drawn autoethnography about drawings relationships, Drawing + drawer + drawing, emerges. Drawing as an inseparable part of all the stages and iterations of the visual autoethnographic research process becomes an attempt towards a new methodological approach. Ethical questions of autoethnographic agency arise when the drawing resist being a simplified method and a research object: instead the Drawing exists on its own terms as an active entity. The outlining of this study is a visual, artistic, and creative research on how autoethnographic knowledge and understanding(s) can be produced in the process(es) of drawing. Autoethnographic and as well scholarly drawing challenges the role of visual(s) in research and the text-based formats of academic publications. The process of line-making overcomes the contradictions and dichotomies between image and text, offering opportunities for overpassing the limitations of current methods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenges and Solutions in Ethnographic Research
Subtitle of host publicationEthnography with a Twist
EditorsTuuli Lähdesmäki, Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto, Viktorija L.A. Čeginskas, Aino-Kaisa Koistinen
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780429355608
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


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