Through this chapter I present both an overview and an example of autoethnography, a research process and method that uses critically engaged, autobiographical writing as the basis for socio-cultural inquiry, and that may be useful to practice-based researchers. My general aims in writing this are threefold: 1. to introduce autoethnography as an approach that comprises certain methods, forms and objectives, that in turn afford certain possibilities 2. to consider and discuss its usefulness and relevance to practice-based researchers in general, and specifically to those working the arts, drawing upon my own work as a sound artist and researcher, and 3. to generate an example of this methodology ‘in action’, by telling a story of doing this research, the writing that you are now reading, a stop-start process unfolding over a nine month period, and embedded within the particular, personal, subjective, embodied, emotional, local and specifically challenging context of working, parenting and living with my partner and young children during COVID-19 and under lockdown.


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Findlay-Walsh, I. 2021, 'The sound of my hands typing: autoethnography as reflexive methodology in arts-based research', The Routledge International Handbook of Practice-Based Research, London, pp. 491-511. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429324154

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