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Handbook of Ethnography

Handbook of Ethnography

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February 2001 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`I wish the Handbook of Ethnography had been available to me as a fledgling ethnographer. I would recommend it for any graduate student who contemplates a career in the field. Likewise for experienced ethnographers who would like the equivalent of a world atlas to help pinpoint their own locations in the field, the Handbook of Ethnography is it' - Journal of Contemporary Ethnography

`This wonderful Handbook establishes the central, and complex place ethnography now occupies in the human disciplines. All future work will begin here' - Norman K Denzin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

`A marvellous achievement! The Handbook has all the marks of a winner - compelling writing, comprehensive coverage and very useful discussions. This is a real benchmark for ethnography. It will set the background for debate and point to new directions for years to come. My graduate students will love it' - Jaber F Gubrium, University of Florida, Gainesville

`The Handbook of Ethnography compiles invaluable, original, critical essays on ethnographic work, earning it a place on everyone's must-have bookshelf' - Virginia Olesen, University of California, San Francisco

`The Handbook is a remarkable synthesis of existing thinking in and around ethnography' - Forum for Qualitative Social Research - follow the link below to read the complete review

`No self-respecting qualitative researcher should be without Paul Atkinson (et al's) handbook on ethnography. This really is encyclopaedic in concept and scope. Many "big names" in the field have contributed so this has to be the starting point for anyone looking to understand the field in substantive topic, theoretical tradition and methodology. The chapters on visual ethnography and semiotics expand the field marvellously, while those on field notes and on ethics are accomplished surveys of the field' - SRA News

Ethnography is one of the chief research methods in sociology, anthropology and other cognate disciplines in the social sciences. This Handbook provides an unparalleled, critical guide to its principles and practice.

The volume is organized into three sections. The first systematically locates ethnography firmly in its relevant historical and intellectual contexts. The roots of ethnography are pinpointed and the pattern of its development is demonstrated.

The second section examines the contribution of ethnography to major fields of substantive research. The impact and strengths and weaknesses of ethnographic method are dealt with authoritatively and accessibly.

The third section moves on to examine key debates and issues in ethnography, from the conduct of research through to contemporary arguments.

The result is a landmark work in the field, which draws on the expertise of an internationally renowned group of interdisicplinary scholars. The Handbook of Ethnography provides readers with a one-stop critical guide to the past, present and future of ethnography. It will quickly establish itself as the ethnographer's bible.

Introduction to Part One
Mary Jo Deegan
The Chicago School of Ethnography
Paul Rock
Symbolic Interactionism and Ethnography
James D Faubion
Currents of Cultural Fieldwork
Sharon Macdonald
British Social Anthropology
Lodewijk Brunt
Into the Community
Liz Stanley
Mass-Observation's Fieldwork Methods
Julie Marcus
Melvin Pollner and Robert M Emerson
Ethnomethodology and Ethnography
Ilja Maso
Phenomenology and Ethnography
Peter K Manning
Semiotics, Semantics and Ethnography
Kathy Charmaz and Richard G Mitchell
Grounded Theory in Ethnography
Introduction to Part Two
Michael Bloor
The Ethnography of Health and Medicine
Tuula Gordon, Janet Holland and Elina Lahelma
Ethnographic Research in Educational Settings
Dick Hobbs
Ethnography and the Study of Deviance
Vicki Smith
Ethnographies of Work and the Work of Ethnographers
David Hess
Ethnography and the Development of Science and Technology Studies
Allison James
Ethnography in the Study of Children and Childhood
Christopher Tilley
Ethnography and Material Culture
Joost van Loon
A Critical Turn in Cultural Studies

Elizabeth Keating
The Ethnography of Communication
Mike Ball and Greg Smith
Technologies of Realism? Ethnographic Uses of Photography and Film
Introduction to Part Three
Christopher Wellin and Gary Alan Fine
Ethnography as Work
Career Socialization, Settings and Problems

Elizabeth Murphy and Robert Dingwall
The Ethics of Ethnography
Robert M Emerson, Rachel I Fretz and Linda L Shaw
Participant Observation and Fieldnotes
Barbara Sherman Heyl
Ethnographic Interviewing
Martin Cortazzi
Narrative Analysis in Ethnography
Ken Plummer
The Call of Life Stories in Ethnographic Research
Deborah Reed-Danahay
Autobiography, Intimacy and Ethnography
Beverley Skeggs
Feminist Ethnography
Jonathan Spencer
Ethnography After Post-modernism
Nigel Fielding
Computer Applications in Qualitative Research
Jim Mienczakowski
Performed Research-limitations and Potential

Patti Lather
Postmodernism, Post-Structuralism and Post (Critical) Ethnography
Of Ruins, Aporias and Angels


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