Handbook of Ethnography
- Paul Atkinson - Cardiff University, UK
- Sara Delamont - Cardiff University, UK
- Amanda Coffey - University of Cardiff, UK
- John Lofland - University of California, Davis, USA
- Lyn Lofland - University of California, Davis, USA
Ethnography | Research Methods & Evaluation (General) | Sociological Research Methods
- Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
"No self-respecting qualitative researcher should be without Paul Atkinson's handbook on ethnography. This really is encyclopaedic in concept and scope. Many "big names" in the field have contributed so this has to be the starting point for anyone looking to understand the field in substantive topic, theoretical tradition and methodology."
- SRA News
Ethnography is one of the chief research methods in sociology, anthropology and other cognate disciplines in the social sciences. This Handbook provides an unparalleled, critical guide to its principles and practice.
The volume is organized into three sections. The first systematically locates ethnography firmly in its relevant historical and intellectual contexts. The roots of ethnography are pinpointed and the pattern of its development is demonstrated.
The second section examines the contribution of ethnography to major fields of substantive research. The impact and strengths and weaknesses of ethnographic method are dealt with authoritatively and accessibly.
The third section moves on to examine key debates and issues in ethnography, from the conduct of research through to contemporary arguments.
The result is a landmark work in the field, which draws on the expertise of an internationally renowned group of interdisicplinary scholars. The Handbook of Ethnography provides readers with a one-stop critical guide to the past, present and future of ethnography. It will quickly establish itself as the ethnographer's bible.
This is an excellent idea to put under one cover so many useful research tips, references and the 'search terms'. I like the relevance of the coverage to the inter- and cross- disciplinary research.
Many interesting and important contribution to the ethnography. Gives good insight into different areas of ethnography.
This is an excellent resource for students at a range of stages in their research projects. It is written with clear communication in mind, and students are very positive about its impact on their confidence in adopting an ethnographic methodology for their research.
The Handbook of Ethnography offers something to every researcher - young or old - that is faced with the challenge of preparing and doing one of various types of ethnographic research. It can help to quickly build up essential knowledge on ethnography as a discipline and method and guide one towards more specific literature suited to ones research. The chapter on field notes is particularly helpful as it is an often neglected part of the practice of ethnography.
Good introduction into Ethnography. Interesting to use with netnography.
This is an outstanding collection that offers a complete practical overview of issues in doing ethnography. It is also an interdisciplinary text that thinks ethnography out of disciplinary bounds, yet through raising context-specific problems.
A comprehensive handbook that provides insight into ethnographical methods, theory and research. Provides an in-depth exploration of a large range of ethnographical approaches and key themes ideal for the first time and even the experienced researcher.
While developing interest among students to research into the practicalities of church and their localities, ethnographic matters are essential to understand. This books sets out and accomplishes a lot of the ground world for what a handbook on ethnography needs to be. It is perhaps a little beyond my BA students and may phase them but it should help those who persist in reading sections of it at least as a reference. The typeset is a little too close and dense for comfort of skim reading! Perhaps it is better for the PhD students!
A comprehensive and well considered Handbook that captures the essence of ethnographic research. Certainly a must- have in every library.
An excellent book on ethnographical methods, theory and research. Provides an in-depth exploration of a large range of ethnographical approaches and key themes and is highly recommended to students at all levels who wish to gain an invaluable introduction to Ethnography. Definitely a classic textbook in Ethnography!