Mesearch and Autoethnography

February 27, 2019

A discussion about the concepts of “mesearch” and “autoethnography”, and their legitimacy as a criticism of research.


Daniel Laurison is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Swarthmore College. He recently published The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to be Privileged with Policy Press.

Patrick Reilly is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Organization and Management area at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. He recently published “No Laughter Among Thieves: Authenticity and the Enforcement of Community Norms in Stand-Up Comedy” in the American Sociological Review.

Joseph Nathan Cohen co-hosts The Annex and directs the Sociocast Project. He is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York, Queens College. He wrote Financial Crisis in American Households: The Basic Expenses That Bankrupt the Middle Class (2017, Praeger) and co-authored Global Capitalism: A Sociological Perspective (2010, Polity). Twitter: @jncohen

Gabriel Rossman co-hosts The AnnexHe is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He wrote Climbing the Charts: What Radio Airplay Tells Us about the Diffusion of Innovation(2015, Princeton) Twitter: @GabrielRossman

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