Work-based learning and an investigation into racial hostility, an autoethnographic study
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The purpose of this research enquiry was to explore autoethnography as a useful and valid form of sociological research. To gain an understanding of its complex ethical considerations that differ from other methodologies and create an autoethnographical focus on experiences within a work based learning environment. This enquiry explores the thoughts, emotions and reactions provoked by a critical incident relating to racial hostility that stemmed from reactions to the days top news story. Investigating racism from biological and cultural aspects and examining critical race theory creates a perspective on how racist events can occur, develop and be maintained or reproduced. Combined with an investigation into embodied knowledge it was possible to recognise racism as being deeply embedded within society. Further reflection of my actions towards combatting racism on a personal level led to a realisation that I may be contributing to perpetuating racial stereotypes rather than challenging them. This pivotal moment of transformation, while being uncomfortable, was also enlightening and confirmed the validity of autoethnography as a method of research.
Jones, Emma (2020). 'Work-based learning and an investigation into racial hostility, an autoethnographic study', The Plymouth Institute of Education Online Journal, 1 (1).