Autoethnography in Indigenous Research Contexts: The Value of Inner Knowing

Bainbridge, Roxanne (2007) Autoethnography in Indigenous Research Contexts: The Value of Inner Knowing. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 10 (2). pp. 54-64.

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Indigenous researchers have focussed on decolonising conventional research methodologies by strongly asserting the validity of their own diverse and unique epistemologies and ontologies in the construction of knowledge. Advocating the value of epistemological and ontological grounding in research, this paper presents an epistemological rationale for the veracity of autoethnography as an Indigenous research method and how Indigenous researchers might work from an ‘epistemology of insiderness’ to construct and theorise knowledge. The paper examines an autoethnographic approach, where the researcher’s life and understandings are assimilated into the research, by exploring how the embodiment of my own Aboriginal identity worked to influence my choices and experiences in my doctoral research, which examines the development and expression of self-identity for Aboriginal women.

Item ID: 10844
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-5202
Keywords: Indigenous researchers; Aboriginal women; research methodologies;
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2010 05:47
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 70%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 30%
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