Volume 6 Issue 1 (2010): Autoethnography as Research Practice
Using Autoethnography to Explicate Social Identities

Unraveling Researcher Subjectivity Through Multivocality in Autoethnography

Robert Mizzi
York University
Published August 18, 2010
  • autoethnography,
  • multivocality,
  • researcher,
  • subjectivity,
  • reflexivity


This article analyzes and discusses the notion of including multivocality as an autoethnographic method to: (a) illustrate that there is no single and temporally-fixed voice that a researcher possesses, (b) unfix identity in a way that exposes the fluid nature of identity as it moves through particular contexts, and (c) deconstruct competing tensions within the autoethnographer as s/he connects the personal self to the social context. After providing a short, multivocal vignette based on the author’s previous work assignment as a teacher educator in Kosovo, the author offers a reflective analysis of his approach. His analysis includes a critical discussion around the benefits and challenges of using such a method in autoethnography. The author concludes that research-oriented institutions might be resistant to validating multivocality as research practice given the myopic view that “voice” is linear, categorizable, and one-dimensional. In this way, the use of multivocality in autoethnography can also be understood as a way to liberate research practices from oppressive institutional rules and restrictions.