Zempi, I. ORCID: 0000-0002-1719-8573, 2020. Autoethnography. In: M. Stausberg and S. Engler, eds., The Routledge handbook of research methods in the study of religion. Routledge. (Forthcoming)

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Autoethnography is a qualitative research method that uses the researcher’s personal experiences as empirical data. A key question that arises is whether autoethnography is a particularly strong and adequate method to research religion, and specifically the targeted victimization of Muslims. Against the background of a sharp increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in the US and Europe, the aim of the present chapter is to consider the advantages and limitations of using autoethnography in order to research religion and specifically the victimization of Muslims in a post-9/11 climate. The autoethnographic design had three reasonings: (a) it increased confidence amongst the participants, (b) it validated what the participants were saying, (c) it put the researchers (i.e. authors)into a different hermeneutic or interpretative mode. We use our two independent research projects as case studies, whereby we refer to our distinct experiences of employing autoethnography when researching anti-Muslim hate crime.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Zempi, I.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 10 June 2020
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 19 Jun 2020 14:36
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2020 14:36

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