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The lost ethnographies : methodological insights from projects that never were

Author: Robin James Smith; Sara Delamont
Publisher: Bingley, UK : Emerald Publishing, 2019.
Series: Studies in qualitative methodology, v. 17.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The Lost Ethnographies reports on the methodological lessons learnt from ethnographic projects that, viewed superficially, failed. Experienced researchers write about projects they planned, and were excited about, which then never began, had to be abandoned, or took such unexpected directions that it became a different piece of work altogether. The topics and settings are varied and disparate, but the lessons learnt  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Lost ethnographies.
Bingley, UK : Emerald Publishing, 2019
(OCoLC)1051079663
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robin James Smith; Sara Delamont
ISBN: 9781787147737 1787147738 9781787439313 1787439313
OCLC Number: 1080273562
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; Contents; List of Contributors; Editorial Introduction; Reception(s); Rethinking 'Failure' and the Contemporary Academy; Lost and Found; On Being Lost; Imagined Journeys and Route Planning; Forks in the Path; Retracing Steps; Absences and Encountering the Unknown; References; Chapter 1: Periwigs in Prague: The Opera Project We Never Did; The Context; The Unfunded Project; Opera and a Global World; Our Lost Project in Context; What We Have Learned and Lost; Afterword; References; Chapter 2: Remarks from a Lost Engagement with the Engaging Ordinariness of Parkour; Introduction An Introduction to ParkourOrdinary Talk About Parkour: What People Say, What People Do and What Sociologists Say About What People Say and Do; Parkour 'From Within'; 'Transformative Practices' and the Ordinary City; Planning for Parkour; Participation, Observation and Unique Adequacy; Seeing and Showing Parkour as a Members' Practice; Conclusion; References; Chapter 3: Losing Bigfoot; Introduction; A Brief History of Bigfoot; Sat Watching Sasquatching; Lost and Found; How Bigfooters Produce Evidence; Becoming Sensitised to Bigfoot; Hearing Bigfoot; Seeing Bigfoot; Smelling Bigfoot Feeling BigfootConclusion; References; Chapter 4: A Sociological Case of Stand-Up Comedy: Censorship, Offensiveness and Opportunism; The Lost Ethnographic Project: Studying Provocation, Satire and Offence in Stand-Up Comedy; My Autoethnographic Journey into Stand-Up Comedy; Humour Studies: A Sociological Gaze; Conclusions: Some Lessons Learned from This Lost Ethnography; Informed Consent --
Not Just a Ceremonial Matter; Ethnographic Confessionals; Trading on Loss and Failure; Using Ethnographic Loss as a Sociological Resource; References; Chapter 5: Researching Underwater:; Introduction Knowing Nothing: Beyond the Marked MundaneThe Social Ontology of Nothing; Bracketed Backgrounds, Unseen Scenes; Accomplishing Nothing: Two Courses of Meaningful Social Action; Diving Down: Objects in Deep Water; Invisible Figures; Silent Voices; Empty Vessels; Lessons Learned Through Non-Lives Lost; References; Chapter 6: Flat Claps and Dengue Fever: A Story of Ethnographies Lost and Found in India; Introduction; Flat Claps and Dengue Fever; Lost and Found; Discussion: On Serendipity, Intuition, Mess and Lessons; Lesson One: Good Ethnographers Trust Themselves and Their Intuition Lesson Two: Good Ethnographers are HumanLesson Three: Good Ethnographers Explore the 'Backstage'; Conclusion; References; Chapter 7: Losing the Students in a School Ethnography: Anthropology and the Puzzle of Holism; Finding the Students in a School Ethnography; Assigning Cultural Groups; At the Dream Ball; Anthropology, Ethnography, Inductivism and the Impossible Ideal of Holism; References; Chapter 8: What Happens When You Take Your Eye Off the Ball? Reflecting On a 'Lost Study' of Boys' Football, Uneven Playing Fields and the Longitudinal Promise of Esprit De Corps; Introduction
Series Title: Studies in qualitative methodology, v. 17.
Responsibility: edited by Robin James Smith and Sara Delamont.

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