Re-Telling Our Stories

Critical Autoethnographic Narratives


This book presents the collaborative work of two professors, one in Mexico and the other in the United States, and their respective students, participants in a Ph.D. course called “Critical Autoethnography.” The chapters emerged from virtual conversations as doctoral students and professors examined the intersections between critical pedagogy and autoethnography. They problematized the cultural and theoretical intersections between the participants in both countries, questioning whether their differences were causes or results of power and privilege. They used dialogue as inquiry to interrogate the theoretical perspectives that framed their prior experiences. They realized that these perspectives reflected their cultures, and that although they often intersected, they diverged at times. The fluidity of the learning experience shaped the chapters that form the book sections, including the theory and the praxis, or exemplars, of performing critical autoethnography. Each author explores personal experiences or events through the lens of critical pedagogy, underscoring the problematization of the cultural and societal context that shaped their actions, in particular as they performed in racial, ethnic, and religious settings that reflected power and privilege. The two professors served as editors and authors, as they engaged in constant iterative peer review and dialogue. Both the Mexican and the United States perspectives are reflected throughout the book, and it is this global perspective that separates this book from others that deal with similar topics.

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Good Intentions Pave the Road to Hierarchy
A Retrospective Autoethnographic Approach
Pages: 51–67
“Were You There?”
Critical Autoethnographic Reflections on the Researcher-Participant Relationship
Pages: 69–84
Henry and Sneaky
Finding Resolution to My Ontological Question about Service
Pages: 103–122
From Impressionism to Realism
Painting a Conservative Mexican City
Pages: 123–131
A Journey through Grief
Pages: 133–143
What Remains
Pages: 145–147
Never Forget Class Struggle
An Autoethnographic Reflection
Pages: 163–172
Decolonization of the Self
Reflection and Reflexivity
Pages: 173–185
Culture Shock
The New Normal
Pages: 187–201
A Reflective Journey through the Experience of anAu Pair
From a Cultural Exchange Program to Domestic Labour
Pages: 203–217
Watch What Yuh Sayin’
The Power of Language
Pages: 219–230
Pages: 231–242
Two Braids
By: Mae Hey
Pages: 243–244
Educational Researchers and their students
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