BECOMING RESEARCHED: THE OPPORTUNITIES OF AUTOETHNOGRAPHY IN TOURISM RESEARCH

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This paper explores the concept of ‘becoming researched’ through the opportunities for autoethnography as a technique of data collection. This research emerges from both authors’ PhD research experiences and explores the ways in which autoethnography mobilises an appreciation for the embodied, sensual and emotional experiences of tourist and research practice. As such, it proposes communication through inter-subjective negotiation and facilitates an enriched research space within which previously ‘hidden’ spaces emerge through stimulating creativity and deepening connection through mutual appreciation between researcher and participants.

 

BECOMING RESEARCHED: THE OPPORTUNITIES OF AUTOETHNOGRAPHY IN TOURISM RESEARCH

This paper explores the concept of ‘becoming researched’ through the opportunities for autoethnography as a technique of data collection. This research emerges from both authors’ PhD research experiences and explores the ways in which autoethnography mobilises an appreciation for the embodied, sensual and emotional experiences of tourist and research practice. As such, it proposes communication through inter-subjective negotiation and facilitates an enriched research space within which previously ‘hidden’ spaces emerge through stimulating creativity and deepening connection through mutual appreciation between researcher and participants.