Great article: Autoethnography-An Overview

I'm a big fan of FQS, the Forum for Qualitative Social Research:

FQS is a peer-reviewed multilingual online journal for qualitative research established in 1999.
FQS is interested in empirical studies conducted using qualitative methods, and in contributions that deal with the theory, methodology and application of qualitative research. Innovative ways of thinking, writing, researching and presenting are especially welcome.
The current issue features an excellent introduction and (literature) review of 'autoethnography':

Autoethnography: An Overview

Carolyn Ellis, Tony E. Adams & Arthur P. Bochner

Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze personal experience in order to understand cultural experience. This approach challenges canonical ways of doing research and representing others and treats research as a political, socially-just and socially-conscious act. A researcher uses tenets of autobiography and ethnography to do and write autoethnography. Thus, as a method, autoethnography is both process and product.

Table of Contents
  1. History of Autoethnography
  2. Doing Autoethnography: The Process
  3. Writing Autoethnography: The Product
  4. Autoethnographic Potentials, Issues, and Criticisms
  5. Forms of and approaches to autoethnography
  6. Writing as therapeutic
  7. Relational ethics
  8. Reliability, generalizability, and validity
  9. Critiques and Responses 


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