“Throughness”: a story about songwriting as auto/ethnography

David Carless*

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A recent special issue of Qualitative Inquiry (December 2016) throws a welcome spotlight on the place of songs within qualitative research. In this essay, I share a story that contributes to the gathering conversation around music and songs as a (perhaps unique) form of qualitative inquiry. My contribution focuses specifically on songwriting as a form of research, which has received limited attention to date within the qualitative inquiry literature. The story is inspired by recent explorations of songwriting as reflexive practice, and I share it with the aim of expanding understanding and inviting further dialogue on the processes of writing (songs as) qualitative research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-232
Number of pages6
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number3
Early online date17 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • autoethnography
  • lyrical inquiry
  • music
  • narrative
  • reflexivity
  • songwriting as research


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