In cultural and institutional contexts, autoethnography examines personal and professional experiences. While conducting and representing autoethnography, these considerations raise ethical challenges for self and others. This expository paper examines and explores the various forms of the ethics of self and others in autoethnography in South Asian contexts. Furthermore, ethical positions in an autoethnographic inquiry are presented and explored by challenging the extant and exploring the possibilities. Moreover, ethical standards are maintained based on the first author's experiences. We also realized that the emerging challenges of the ethics of self and others in autoethnography are ongoing and real. Likewise, we brought the first author’s lived experiences of conducting autoethnographic inquiry in his personal, professional, and cultural contexts (i.e., South Asian contexts) as a guiding principle. Above all, following the foundational understanding of ethics in autoethnography, one may engage with others in the account of self-experiences. The paper concludes by highlighting possible procedural and situational ethics pertaining to Dharma and Karma in autoethnography as a transformative educational research methodology (Luitel & Dahal, 2020) that might be demonstrated while conducting an autoethnographic inquiry.
personal and professional, autoethnography, ethical, self and others, Dharma and Karma, transformative educational research
Sincere thanks go out to everyone who helped us edit and improve our article on behalf of the authors. We are thankful to Bruce Lilyea, PhD, senior editor TQR, for invaluable assistance in revising our article. We are indebted to the Kathmandu University School of Education for providing a research-based environment, direction, and ongoing support. Likewise, we thank the University Grants Commission, Nepal (https://www.ugcnepal.edu.np), for a PhD Fellowship and research support [Grants Number: PhD-77/78-Edu-05] to Niroj Dahal. Funding: This work is funded by University Grants Commission (UGC) Nepal with UGC Grants Number PhD-77/78-Edu-05.
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 International License.
Recommended APA Citation
Dahal, N., & Luitel, B. (2022). Understanding and Encountering the Ethics of Self and Others in Autoethnography: Challenging the Extant and Exploring Possibilities. The Qualitative Report, 27(12), 2671-2685. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2022.5572