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Writing ethnographic fieldnotes

Author: Robert M Emerson; Rachel I Fretz; Linda L Shaw
Publisher: Chicago : Univ. of Chicago Press, 2007.
Series: Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [Nachdr.]View all editions and formats
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In this companion volume to John van Maanen's "Tales of the Field", three scholars reveal how the ethnographer turns direct experience and observation into written fieldnotes upon which an ethnography is based. Drawing on years of teaching and field research experience, the authors develop a series of guidelines, suggestions and practical advice about how to write useful fieldnotes in a variety of settings, both  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert M Emerson; Rachel I Fretz; Linda L Shaw
ISBN: 0226206815 9780226206813 0226206807 9780226206806
OCLC Number: 551772757
Description: XVIII, 254 Seiten ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing
Responsibility: Robert M. Emerson ; Rachel I. Fretz ; Linda L. Shaw.

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In this companion volume to John van Maanen's "Tales of the Field", three scholars reveal how the ethnographer turns direct experience and observation into written fieldnotes upon which an ethnography is based. Drawing on years of teaching and field research experience, the authors develop a series of guidelines, suggestions and practical advice about how to write useful fieldnotes in a variety of settings, both cultural and institutional. Using actual, unfinished "working" notes as examples, they illustrate options for composing, reviewing and working fieldnotes into finished texts. Finally, they analyze the "processing" of fieldnotes - the practice of coding notes to identify themes and methods for selecting and weaving together fieldnote excerpts to write a polished ethnography. This book, however, is more than a "how-to" manual. The authors examine writing fieldnotes as an interactive and interpretive process in which the researcher's own commitments and relationships with those in the field inevitably shape the character and content of those fieldnotes. They explore the conscious and unconscious writing choices that produce fieldnote accounts. And they show how the character and content of these fieldnotes inevitably influence the arguments and analyses the ethnographer can make in the final ethnographic tale. This book shows that note-taking is a craft that can be taught. Along with "Tales of the Field" and George Marcus and Michael Fisher's "Anthropology as Cultural Criticism", "Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes" should provide an essential tool for students and social scientists alike.

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