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Doing Critical Ethnography

Doing Critical Ethnography

January 1993 | 96 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In this volume, Thomas unites two traditions in social science - critical theory and qualitative research - in an attempt to apply a critical world view to the conventional logic of cultural inquiry. Rather than standing in opposition to traditional ethnography, it offers a style of considering the direct relationship between knowledge, society and political action.

Thomas addresses the question: if the duty of the researcher entails the righting of social wrongs as well as producing valid research results, how is it possible to juxtapose the two goals? He defines the rules and guidelines for a praxis-oriented ethnographic tradition, one both ideologically engaged and scientifically valid. In addition, he outlines the various types of critical ethnography, explaining the tenets of each and how research can be carried out under these frameworks.

Resisting Domestication
Beginning to Think Critically
Implementing Critical Ethnography
Empirical Application
Tricks, Traps, and Moving Beyond


This is a helpful text for anyone choosing to do ethnography and encourages them to think through how you engage reflexively with the process.

Dr sally nash
Youth, Midlands Centre for Youth Ministry
November 18, 2015

Insightful and a rich source for research. Would recommend for Masters students

Mr Iain Jones
Education Department, Newman University
October 13, 2014

well-written and thought provoking

Dr Spyros Themelis
Sch of Education & Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia
February 5, 2014

A useful text but not suitable for the course

Dr Matthew Brannan
Department of Management, Keele University
August 11, 2011

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