The use of personal experience as data in the study of a selected topic such as socialization, or gender relations. For example, the homophobic characteristics of rugby can be illuminated by someone who has experienced the culture itself as a young player, and writes that personal experience into the account and the analysis of the culture. Such use of personal data can be revealing, even revelatory, but also raises difficult questions concerning the representativeness and generalizability of the self as a data-source. Autoethnographers also run the risk of running out of material, as individual experience is by definition limited, though it can be argued that forms of reflective practice constantly renew the individual's experience, and the sense that is made of that experience. The journal Auto/Biography is dedicated to analyses and accounts based on such approaches.
Subjects: Sport and Leisure.