In this chapter, we introduce islands as spaces of the imagination and look in particular at Newfoundland. We also introduce autoethnography as a research method/ology.
Questions to consider
- Reflect on your understanding of islands. How have islands been represented in stories or books you’ve read? What have learned about islands in school? What about the media? Here, at the very beginning of the book, what do islands mean, for you?
- This book takes an autoethnographic approach, which situates the researcher’s subjectivity at the heart of the research process. Choose any three autoethnography readings (from the reference below). What might autoethnography offer that other approaches don’t? What might be the limitations of autoethnography?
- What might it mean to think with and through islands?
Activity: Write an outline or abstract for a proposed research project that might employ autoethnography. As you write, explore how it feels to imagine yourself as both researcher and participant.
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