Thinking with autoethnography in collaborative research: A critical, reflexive approach to relational ethics

Louise Jane Phillips*, Maria Bee Christensen-Strynø, Lisbeth Frølunde

*Corresponding author

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In this article, we propose a distinctive critical, reflexive approach to relational ethics in ‘collaborative, democratic and transformative’ research. Underpinning the approach is the view that the buzzwords of ‘collaboration’ and ‘co-creation/co-production’ may signify equitable, symmetrical power relations and, as a result, romanticise collaborative research as straightforward processes of inclusion. The approach integrates critical, reflexive analysis of the play of power in the ‘with’ in ‘research with, not on, people’ and the ‘co’ in ‘co-creating knowledge’ into the ongoing collaborative research process. As a main method for critical, reflexive analysis, the approach uses ‘thinking with’ autoethnography. In the article, we illustrate the approach by showing how we ‘think with’ autoethnographic texts to respond to discomfort and analyse the
tensions in the co-constitution of knowledge and subjectivities in the preliminary phase of a collaborative, participatory research project on dance for people with Parkinson’s disease and their spouses.
TidsskriftQualitative Research
Udgave nummer5
Sider (fra-til)761-776
Antal sider16
StatusUdgivet - 20 jul. 2022

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the The Velux Foundations, HumPraxis Programme [grant number 22801].


  • autoetnografi
  • kollaborative metoder
  • Refleksivitet
  • magt
  • relationel etik
  • Parkinsons sygdom

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