The sound of my hands typing: autoethnography as reflexive methodology in arts-based research

Findlay-Walsh, I. (2022) The sound of my hands typing: autoethnography as reflexive methodology in arts-based research. In: Vear, C., Candy, L. and Edmonds, E. (eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Practice-Based Research. Series: Routledge International Handbooks. Routledge: London, pp. 491-511. ISBN 9780429324154 (doi: 10.4324/9780429324154)

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Through this chapter I present both an overview and an example of autoethnography, a research process and method that uses critically engaged, autobiographical writing as the basis for socio-cultural inquiry, and that may be useful to practice-based researchers. My general aims in writing this are threefold: 1. to introduce autoethnography as an approach that comprises certain methods, forms and objectives, that in turn afford certain possibilities 2. to consider and discuss its usefulness and relevance to practice-based researchers in general, and specifically to those working the arts, drawing upon my own work as a sound artist and researcher, and 3. to generate an example of this methodology ‘in action’, by telling a story of doing this research, the writing that you are now reading, a stop-start process unfolding over a nine month period, and embedded within the particular, personal, subjective, embodied, emotional, local and specifically challenging context of working, parenting and living with my partner and young children during COVID-19 and under lockdown.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Autoethnography, research methods, sound art, practice-based research, arts-based research, field recording.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Findlay-Walsh, Dr Iain
Authors: Findlay-Walsh, I.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
L Education > L Education (General)
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Published Online:19 December 2021

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