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Memoir, Therapy, Thesis and Anachronisms 2022-09-28 22:05:54

These two weeks have gone with a blink of an eye, but of constant learning and gossip, because I have gone into reading memoirs (to receive more information, clearly). However, not everything is memories, but I delved into what self-ethnography was, but to understand the term I had to understand what autobiography and ethnography were, because, after all, autoethnography comes from there. Thus, autoethnography is a type of research that seeks to systematically describe and analyze the personar experience in order to understand the cultural experience. So we have a formula autobiography + ethnography = autoethnography. The first term refers to the writing of past experiences and epiphany, which means that one must look back and selectively to select events in which life no longer seems to be the same. On the other hand, ethnography studies a cultural, relational practice of common and shared values and beliefs with the purpose of helping group members and outsiders to better understand a culture.

Thus, when an autoethnography is carried out, it is written retrospectively and selectively about epiphanies that derive or were possible thanks to the fact that they are part of a culture or have a specific cultural identity. However, it does not remain only in counting, but is a process of recounting experiences with theoretical and methodological tools, considering ways in which others experience similar epiphanies. So, personal experience can be used to illustrate facets of a cultural experience. There are ways in which autoethnography is presented, the first is narrative, where texts are exposed in the form of stories that incorporate experiences of ethnographers; on the other hand, the reflective document the ways in which the same researcher changes, or shows his epiphany.

Apart from all this, from the readings I have done I have understood that writing is a way to know a new method of research. So writing stories is therapeutic because it makes it possible to make sense of ourselves and our experiences.

A little about me and what I want?

Hello everyone, I am Edna Valentina Orozco Campo and I must confess that I am a little scared, excited and eager to do something incredible. This summer was productive for me, because it allowed me to reflect, to realize what I want to do and where I want to direct my future work. Helping others has always been in my mind, because I grew up watching people go through many difficulties, poverty, addiction, abuse, forgetfulness and with it thousands and thousands of negative feelings and emotions that harmed (more) the day to day of these people. Last semester I understood the power of writing for forgiveness, to overcome, to grow and, in one way or another, to try to forget the bad, this was from my own experience and really that it was one of the most enriching feelings. For this reason, the idea of writing memoirs as a tool and path to forgiveness and therapy had been floating around in my head. I am afraid of the last words because I have no idea about psychology, therapy, counseling, but it allows me to take new challenges and risks all in favor of being a person of help for others.