Aslop attains that “self-reflexivity can take various forms and shapes such as asking ourselves about our frame of mind, about our power position in the network of cultures, about the ways in which we produce knowledge, and about our notion of center and periphery” (2002, p. 7). So, to better understand a culture, I must learn the experiences of its insiders and experience it myself, as an outsider (Ellis, 2011).
When I was considering a topic to focus on, I wanted to do something I am passionate about and feel that I have sufficient cultural knowledge of in my own context. This way, I can accurately compare my cultural experiences and generate epiphanies about the many unknowns I will encounter.
My Cultural Framework
I am a digital native in an age of globalisation. So, while I predominately consume ‘Westernised‘ media, it is almost impossible for me to not encounter film industries from around the world. This is due in part to the popularisation of on-demand streaming services such as Netflix, which offer a number of products from global film industries. Many of which I admit I have not exposed myself to, fearing that the text may be too culturally remote for me to understand.
Years ago, I stumbled upon a Bollywood film, Om Shanti Om and I loved it because:
- It is a hilarious “spoof” of the Bollywood and Hollywood film industries
- The musical numbers are insane
- It’s theatrical and melodramatic
But I’ve never seen a Bollywood film since. And, that’s about to change.
Here’s what I already know:
After considering this, I spoke with a close friend, who is Pakistani (as we sometimes discuss Bollywood films). I asked her opinion on films to watch, and what was interesting to me was that she highlighted the transition of Bollywood cinema from over-the-top musicals such as Om Shanti Om to “social awareness” style dramas more alike to Western Hollywood Dramas. This is one key angle I will focus on. She also mentioned Lollywood – the Pakistani film industry. So, I will be incorporating a few episodes of these TV Dramas into my research.
My auto ethnographic research will follow this methodology:
And here’s the list of texts I am going to tackle – I am completely open to suggestions, so drop comment below!
Alsop, Christiane K. (2002) Home and Away: Self Reflexive Auto-/Ethnography’, Forum Qualitative Social Research 3:3.http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~kmacd/IDSC10/Readings/Positionality/auto-eth.pdf
Ellis, C., Adams, T.E., and Bochner, A.P. (2011) ‘Autoethnography: An Overview‘, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12:1. Available at: http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/1589/3095
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