"I am compelled to read them – all of them. I see them as contemporary, essential, gritty, graffiti – as in bursts of explosive communication that, within a momentous moment, a journey is begun and ended in the same single movement of reaction and non-reflection. I visualise a journey that starts at the depths of the gut and ends splattered unceremoniously upon display, like projectile vomit, uncontrolled and uncontrollable. The art-form created is rapid and unapologetic; it is unavoidable to visiting eyes –"
Auto-ethnography is a creative and reflective qualitative research methodology by which researchers offer personal narratives to explore and articulate cultural experience. The methodology requires a reflexive collaboration between author & reader to seek out and articulate outcomes in an on-going and developing process, which allows for momentary conclusions and further and on-going reflections. It seeks to record truths through poetic communication, which may otherwise be lost through traditional academic analysis, measurement and the imposition of fixed conclusions. It seeks to use the human ability to communicate at a sophisticated and complex level to add layers of knowledge. Here, in emotive language, the author explores the practicalities of ‘doing auto-ethnography’, how the barriers of traditional academic frameworks and responsibilities towards relational ethics can silence the authentic auto-ethnographer. The author argues that authentic auto-ethnography and creative research can demand risk-taking and vulnerability on the part of the researcher, which traditional academic institutions can find challenging, if not unpalatable. He argues that postmodern philosophies not only encourage but also demand such risk-taking in the pursuit of new and creative research methodologies, which can encourage real change in professional practice and better long-term outcomes for those experiencing such practice.