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Approaches to ethnography : analysis and representation in participant observation

Author: Colin Jerolmack; Shamus Rahman Khan
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018.
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"No ethnographer can record and analyze everything that she encounters in the field. We must make choices about what to look at and how to look at it, which means privileging some aspects of social life while bracketing others. Approaches to Ethnography enumerates the key analytic strategies-which Jerolmack and Khan call approaches-that ethnographers deploy to tame the buzzing confusion of the social world. The book  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Approaches to ethnography.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017010036
(OCoLC)988299162
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Colin Jerolmack; Shamus Rahman Khan
ISBN: 9780190236069 019023606X
OCLC Number: 1006381191
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction / Colin Jerolmack and Shamus Khan --
Microsociology / Jooyoung Lee --
Organizations / Katherine Chen --
Macro / Leslie Salzinger and Teresa Gowan --
People and places / Douglas Harper --
Mechanisms / Iddo Tavory and Stefan and Timmermans --
Embodiment / Black Hawk Hancock --
Situations / Monica McDermott --
Reflexivity / Forrest Stuart.
Responsibility: edited by Colin Jerolmack & Shamus Khan.

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"No ethnographer can record and analyze everything that she encounters in the field. We must make choices about what to look at and how to look at it, which means privileging some aspects of social life while bracketing others. Approaches to Ethnography enumerates the key analytic strategies-which Jerolmack and Khan call approaches-that ethnographers deploy to tame the buzzing confusion of the social world. The book identifies eight approaches that typify ethnography, which it groups and compares along four axes: 1) Micro, organizational, and macro; 2) people and places, and mechanisms; 3) dispositions and situations; and 4) reflexivity. Each approach, it is shown, enables the illumination of a distinct dimension of the social world. Every chapter is written by a seasoned ethnographer who enumerates one of the approaches and reflects on how that approach shapes their field site selection, observations, and analysis. Taken as a whole, the chapters show how these approaches, which operate more like sensitizing devices than theoretical mandates, can play a greater role in guiding the kinds of questions that get asked and answered in the field than whether one adopts an inductive or deductive stance toward theory. Engaging, accessible, and often inspiring, Approaches to Ethnography offers a practical and novel way to teach, evaluate, and conceptualize ethnographic research."--Publisher's description.

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