Pt. 5 – Concluding Thoughts: Challenges of Autoethnographic Research
In the past three weeks, I have been conducting autoethnographic research (through my blog) into the world of anime, with the focus being on the anime show “Death Parade”. This research has really allowed me to delve deep down and evaluate my previous assumptions on anime. This blog series project also allowed me to further my personal understanding on autoethnography and what it entails. That being said, the autoethnographic research process presented me with many challenges, some of which I may not have properly overcome.
Inglo Winkler (2017, pg 12) acknowledges one of the biggest of the fore mentioned challenges that I faced. Winkler states that ” autoethnographic research requires balancing the “auto” and the “ethno” to the extent
that there is sufficient emphasis on the cultural settings to enable a research or a text to pass as autoethnography”, which for me was the hardest aspect to get around. How do I successfully balance the ‘auto’ and ‘ethno’ aspects to a manner which can be considered both a personal reflection and a legitimate cultural evaluation. However, that is up to you, the reader, to decide.
Another problem, which I may have mentioned in Part Two of the series, was concerned over how to convey my honest preconceptions of anime, without being disrespectful. In order to do this, it is essential to be understanding of other cultures and the notion that what people perceive as ‘strange’ or ‘normal’ varies among cultures.
Yet, despite these challenges, I found the autoethnographic experience to be incredibly rewarding. I hope that you have enjoyed this five part blog series and, on a personal note, I highly recommend watching the series “Death Parade”.
Winkler, I 2017, ‘Doing Autoethnography – Facing Challenges, Taking Choices, Accepting Responsibilities, Qualitative Inquiry, vol. 00, no. 0 ,pp.1-12, viewed 26th October 2017, http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1077800417728956