Handbook of Research Methods in Diversity Management, Equality and Inclusion at Work
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Handbook of Research Methods in Diversity Management, Equality and Inclusion at Work

Edited by Lize A.E. Booysen, Regine Bendl and Judith K. Pringle

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) have become features of organizations as a result of both legal and societal advances, as well as neoliberal economic reasoning and considerations. Current research approaches frequently fall short of addressing the challenges faced in EDI research, and this benchmark Handbook brings up to date coverage of research methods in EDI, and advances the development of research in the field.
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Chapter 11: Autoethnography: adding our stories to EDI research

Irene Ryan and Shelagh Mooney


In this chapter, our purpose is to show how autoethnography offers researchers a method for addressing the challenges identified by critical scholars in diversity, equality and inclusion research (EDI). These challenges include how to incorporate observations of everyday social exclusions into multi-level analyses and the need for diversity scholars to be more reflexive about the basic assumptions that underpin their research. Two examples are used to illustrate two different approaches to writing an autoethnographic text, which align with the axiological and epistemological considerations that are an integral part of all EDI research projects. By allowing the reflexive voice of the researcher to be paramount, autoethnography gives us precious scholarly space to be scriptwriters, improvisers and directors of what we write and, often, to be surprised by what can emerge.

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