In this article, I examine how my unprogrammatized and spontaneous informal fieldwork in Athens, undertaken in a rather unconsciously autoethnographic vein, has helped me while on the process of investigating my personal identity. My temporary change of academic direction and my delving into the ocean of fieldwork have shaped and answered my endless quest for important answers about a researcher’s own self. Through the use of written text, photography and other visual indexes, “thin” and “thick” description, I argue that autoethnography as a method could be a healing process, providing therapy for a researcher’s “fragmented” heart and identity.
Autoethnography, Identity, Therapy, Tumblr, Photography, Visual
To Rea Kakampoura, Associate Professor of Folkloristics (UOA), who believed in my folkloric intuition. A big and endless “thank you”. To the most vulnerable part of Kifissos, still the most loving one – on the other side of the engulfed river. For keeps, I say. I would also like to sincerely thank the reviewers of The Qualitative Report for their useful remarks and comments, as well as Giannis Roussos for his map.
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Kassaveti, U. (2019). I Don’t Know how to Talk about These Wor(l)ds, but I Do Walk, I Shoot, and I Write: Autoethnographic Written and Visual Cures for a Fragmented Identity. The Qualitative Report, 24(12), 3269-3288. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol24/iss12/19