Autoethnography and Severe Perineal Trauma

An Unexpected Journey From Disembodiment to Embodiment

Holly S. Priddis


BMC Womens Health. 2015;15(88) 

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The Need to Do This Study

It is perhaps not surprising then that I wanted to explore this issue for other women in my own part of Australia where I live for my PhD. Reading about autoethnography as a methodological approach made me realise that while potentially painful, this would provide an additional depth to the analysis of the data. As Allen and Piercy (,[49] p. 160) describe: "In that place of vulnerability, I am more open to hearing the voices of others, particularly those in marginalized positions. I am less ready to dismiss the experiences of others, or to superimpose theories that will distance myself from connecting with them.". Autoethnography provides a platform from which I can detail and express my process of embodiment and the consequent outcomes.