Methodological Cyborg as Black Feminist Technology: Constructing the Social Self Using Computational Digital Autoethnography and Social Media

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Abstract

This article reimagines the quantified self within the context of Black feminist technologies. Bringing computation and autoethnographic methods together using a methodology I call computational digital autoethnography, I harvest my social media data to create a corpus for analysis. I apply topic modeling to these data to uncover themes that are connected with broader societal issues affecting African American women. Applying a computational autoethnographic approach to a researcher’s own digitized data allows for yet another dimension of mixed-methods research. This radical intervention has the potential to transform the social sciences by bringing together two seemingly divergent methodological approaches in service to Black feminist ways of knowing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-67
Number of pages13
JournalCultural Studies - Critical Methodologies
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

Keywords

  • autoethnography
  • Black feminism
  • computation
  • topic modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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