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Feminist Autoethnography, Gender, and Drug Use: “Feeling About” Empathy While “Storying the I”

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This article explores autoethnography as one way of doing feminist research in the drugs field. By telling my story during my 40 years experience as a feminist researcher in the drugs field, I aim to help those practicing critical drug scholarship to become familiar with this methodology as a viable way of employing a gender analysis, an employment that is the focus of this special issue. This paper is divided into five related discussions. First, I explain what feminist autoethnography is. Second, I look at how doing feminist “drugs” autoethnography helps to develop empathy. Third, I describe the methods and use of data employed in this paper. Fourth, I tell my story chronologically from 1972 to the present time. Lastly, as with many autoethnographies, my analysis of my “story as data” is left to last and I discuss the political implications of my experiences, while “feeling about” empathy as resonance with the other.

Original languageEnglish
JournalContemporary Drug Problems
Volume44
Issue4
Pages (from-to)356-374
Number of pages19
ISSN0091-4509
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

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  • autoethnography, feminism, gender, women drug users

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