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

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  • Elizabeth Ettorre, University of Liverpool, University of Helsinki, Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland

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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