Utilizing a feminist autoethnographic stance and method, this article is based upon the dialogues produced by a student completing an assignment for a social work instructor. Various tensions are explored, including the role of autoethnography in both qualitative and feminist research and the role of fear in a woman's life. A critique of the role of culture in the experience of fear as well as the student's use of autoethnography to resist and accept fear is explored. The uses of autoethnography for social workers are also discussed.


Autoethnography, Fear, and Feminism


The authors would like to thank Dr. Shelia Bunch, Director of the School of Social Work at East Carolina University for her encouragement to turn this class assignment into a manuscript for publication. The authors would also like to thank Sally St. George for being a dedicated co-creator of knowledge through the editorial process of this manuscript.

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