Approaches to Ethnography illustrates the various modes of representation and analysis that typify participant observation research. In contrast to the multitude of ethnographic textbooks, handbooks, and readers on the market, this book is neither a "how-to" guide nor a catalogue of substantive themes such as race, community, or space; it also avoids re-hashing epistemological debates, such as grounded theory versus the extended case method. Instead, this volume concisely lays out the predominant analytic lenses that ethnographers use to explain social action-for instance, whether they privilege micro-interaction or social structure, people and places or social processes, internal dispositions or situational contingencies. Each chapter features a prominent ethnographer delineating a distinct approach to the study of everyday life and reflecting on how their approach shapes the way they analyze and represent the field. Taken together, the collection is a practical guide that spells out how different styles of ethnography illuminate different dimensions of everyday social life. As such, Approaches to Ethnography complements and augments-but not duplicate-existing ethnographic methods and logic of inquiry texts for undergraduate and graduate courses on qualitative research methods.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 453 g
Dimensions: 212 x 148 x 22 mm
"Approaches to Ethnography brings to light the backstage of the craft in fascinating first-person accounts. We see how and why ethnographers make the analytic choices they do, and the subtle yet powerful ways the frame chosen illuminates practice. For the first time, a book captures the analytic process in action."
--Diane Vaughan, Columbia University
"Many volumes offer readers a step-by-step introduction to ethnography. Instead, Approaches to Ethnography offers models-a menu of options for ethnographers to emulate, think with, and build upon. The models range widely in focus, approach, and perspective, and thus give practitioners a broad and tremendously useful introduction to the actual practice of ethnography today."
--Mario Luis Small, Harvard University
"In this collection of essays by practiced fieldworkers, the diversity of ethnography is on full display. Rather than claiming there is a single right way to do ethnography, the authors draw on their own experiences to show the strengths and limitations of multiple approaches. Students of the craft will carry this necessary and elegant manual into the field for years to come."
--Matthew Desmond, Princeton University
"Featuring a wide variation in foci, scales, ways of seeing, analyzing, and representing, this impressive collection features the insightful and stimulating work of practicing ethnographers. The joint result not only illuminates diverse social universes but also clarifies key differences between analytic sensibilities. This volume rekindles the love for the craft of ethnography-and should persuade those new to it to enthusiastically join the trade."
--Javier Auyero, University of Texas - Austin
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