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Auto-Ethnography: A Tool for Creating Safe Zones
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Social Justice Learning

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Soyer, Mehmet, and Marisela Martinez-Cola. 2020. “Auto-Ethnography: A Tool for Creating Safe Zones”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, February. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


It can be threatening for students to confront the stereotypes and prejudices they hold about any groups. One strategy for overcoming this barrier to change is to offer students a safe forum wherein they can examine their beliefs without fear of judgment. In this assignment, I explain how auto-ethnography can serve as such a forum. Specifically, I...

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Subject Area(s):
Race, Class and Gender
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Class Level(s):
Any Level
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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Students will be able to understand how AutoEthnography can be "safe space" for them to write their own story.
  2. Students will identify their changing perceptions of, and your experiences with, any Class/Race/Gender/Sexuality/Religion your own or other than your own.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Students will read and cite literature about AutoEthnography to justify why they are using AutoEthnography to write their own stories.
  2. Students will write an auto-ethnography essay that recounts their changing perceptions of experiences with a social group (race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, etc).

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