Critical Autoethnography, Education, and a Call for Forgiveness


  • Tony E Adams University of South Florida



critical autoethnography, education, forgiveness, sexuality


If critical autoethnographers identify and attempt to remedy personal/cultural offenses, then they should also discuss how to live with individuals— themselves included—who have been complicit in and/or committed these offenses. One way critical autoethnographers can do so is through the concept of forgiveness. In this article, I first describe characteristics of forgiveness and establish relationships between forgiveness and critical autoethnography. I then offer three brief critical autoethnographies, each of which illustrates offenses I have experienced in educational contexts. 

Author Biography

Tony E Adams, University of South Florida

Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Media and Theater at Northeastern Illinois University.




How to Cite

Adams, T. E. (2017). Critical Autoethnography, Education, and a Call for Forgiveness. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 19(1), 79–88.