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Introduction to Ethnographic Research
A Guide for Anthropology

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November 2019 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Introduction to Ethnographic Research streamlines learning the process of research, speaks to the student at a foundational level, and helps the reader conquer the apprehensions of mastering research methods. Written in a conversational style, authors Kimberly Kirner and Jan Mills use a focus on scaffolding across the chapters to help the student transition from step to step in the research process. Case studies and first-hand accounts are also featured in each chapter, allowing the student to see the early steps, successes and at times failures that accomplished researchers experienced in their past. These real examples further encourage the student that even the best researchers failed along the way, and more importantly, learned from those mistakes. This text is designed to be used as a stand alone book, but is enhanced by the use with the supplemental workbook, Doing Ethnographic Research by the same authors. This text has call-outs to the supplemental text, which allow for application and practice of the material learned.

INSTRUCTORS! Doing Ethnographic Research: Activities and Exercises by Kimberly Kirner and Jan Mills is FREE when you bundle with the core text, Introduction to Ethnographic Research: A Guide for Anthropology. Use bundle ISBN: 978-1-5443-9989-8
 
1. Introduction: The Basics of Research Design
Orientation  
Ways of Knowing  
Research Stages  
Variables  
Operational Definitions  
Levels of Measurement and Units of Analysis  
The Relationship of Projects, Method, and Theory  
Making Mistakes  
Finding a Topic  
Pairing the Textbook and Workbook  
Study Guide  
For Further Study  
 
2. The Ethics of Working with Human Participants
Orientation  
Ethics in Conducting Research with Human Subjects  
The Researcher’s Responsibilities to the People We Study  
The Researcher’s Responsibilities to Scholarship and the Public  
Ethical Dilemmas  
Vulnerable Populations  
Positionality and Privilege  
The Institutional Review Board Process  
Pairing the Textbook and Workbook  
Study Guide  
For Further Study  
 
3. Sampling
Orientation  
What is a sample?  
Non-Probability Samples  
Types of Non-Probability Samples  
Choosing Key Informants  
Probability Samples  
Types of Probability Samples  
Sampling in the Hypothetico-Deductive Method  
Pairing the Textbook and Workbook  
Study Guide  
For Further Study  
 
4. Participant Observation
Orientation  
The Advantages of Participant Observation  
Fieldwork Roles  
Skills for Participant Observation  
Getting Started  
What to Expect When You’re Doing Fieldwork  
Jottings  
Pairing the Textbook and Workbook  
Study Guide  
For Further Study  
 
5. Writing Field Notes
Orientation  
The Truth as Subjective  
The Process of Writing  
Strategies for Field Notes  
Writing Choices  
Analytical Writing within Field Notes  
Common Problems with Field Notes  
Autoethnography  
Pairing the Textbook and Workbook  
Study Guide  
For Further Study  
 
6. Interviewing
Orientation  
Types of Interviewing  
The Semi-Structured Interview  
Interactions During the Interview  
Interviewing and “The Truth”  
Pairing the Textbook and Workbook  
Study Guide  
For Further Study  
 
7. Introduction to Coding and Analysis
Orientation  
What is Coding?  
Inductive vs. Deductive Coding  
Analytical Method #1: Deductive Latent Content Analysis  
Analytical Method #2: Grounded Theory (Inductive Coding)  
Analysis: Identifying Themes in Your Codes  
Crafting an Ethnographic Story: The Recipe Box Method  
Pairing the Textbook and Workbook  
Study Guide  
For Further Study  
 
8. Surveys and Mixed Methods Design
Orientation  
Mixed Methods Design  
Survey Question Format  
Rules for Wording Survey Questions  
Survey Distribution  
Survey Analysis and Writing  
Pairing the Textbook and Workbook  
Study Guide  
For Further Study  
 
9. Cultural Domains: Modeling Cognition and Knowledge
Orientation  
Cognitive Anthropology and Models  
Folk Taxonomies: Data Collection  
Folk Taxonomies: Analysis  
Cultural Models: Data Collection  
Cultural Models: Analysis  
Decision Models: Data Collection  
Decision Models: Analysis  
Pairing the Textbook and Workbook  
Study Guide  
For Further Study  
 
10. Indirect Observation
Orientation  
Visual and Material Culture  
Interpreting Material Culture  
Diary Studies  
Archival Studies and Digital Ethnography  
Remembering the Original Context  
Pairing the Textbook and Workbook  
Study Guide  
For Further Study  
 
11. Behavior and Context
Orientation  
Mapping Human Behavior  
Passive Direct Observation  
Continuous Monitoring  
Spot Sampling  
Describing Behavior and Context in Ethnographic Narratives  
Pairing the Textbook and Workbook  
Study Guide  
For Further Study  
 
12. Conclusion: Putting It All Together
Orientation  
Self-Assessment and Refinement  
Collegial Relationships and Peer-Review  
Culminating Experiences  
Pairing the Textbook and Workbook  
Study Guide  
For Further Study  

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