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ERIC Number: EJ1022431
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
"I Am a Starbucks Worker … My Life No Longer Belongs to Me:" The Performance of Estrangement as a Learning Tool
Keenan, John; Evans, Adrienne
Teaching in Higher Education, v19 n2 p101-112 2014
In this paper, we explore the use of "estrangement" autoethnography as a means to encourage student autonomy and enhance learning. We include a case study of a structured activity requiring estrangement in consumer spaces to challenge student perspectives of normal environments. Our students welcomed the activity as one which changed their perspectives on consumer culture, and which gave them experiential knowledge on which to base their use of theory. Through exploring this kind of activity as part of learning and teaching practice in cultural studies, this paper contributes evidence of the effectiveness of autoethnography in enhancing university student learning and provides a model for undertaking the performance of "estrangement".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Birmingham)