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Critical Ethnography

Critical Ethnography
Method, Ethics, and Performance

Third Edition

April 2019 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

 What is critical ethnography? How do we use theory to interpret research data? What is performance ethnography? Readers can find answers to these fundamental questions in D. Soyini Madison's engaging and highly multidisciplinary Third Edition of Critical Ethnography: Methods, Ethics, and Performance

The book presents a fresh new look at critical ethnography by emphasizing the significance of ethics and performance in the art and politics of fieldwork. The productive links between theory and method are celebrated in this title. Theoretical concepts range from queer theory, feminist theory, and critical race theory to Marxism and phenomenology. The methodological techniques range from designing and asking in-depth interview questions and developing rapport to coding and interpreting data. The various theories and methods culminate in three fictional ethnographic case studies that "enact" the interdependence between theory and method and the significance of social theory, ethics, and performance.

Key Features:

  • Cutting-edge approach and perspective: It is the first book to explore and focus on the intersections between theory, fieldwork methods, performance, and praxis.
  • Global examples and material: Theories, methods, and examples are drawn from scholarship that extends beyond the West to include developing world and post-colonial thinkers and practitioners.
  • Effective pedagogy: Examples of ethnographic projects illustrate more abstract or complex discussions and concepts.

Critical Ethnography reaches out to any student conducting field research. In particular, upper-division undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in ethnography, qualitative research methods, critical/cultural research methods, or advanced research methods will find this book to be of great value.

Chapter 1 • Introduction to Critical Ethnography: Theory and Method
Defining Terms: What Is the Critical in Critical Ethnography?  
Dialogue: Virtues and Challenges  
The Method and Theory Nexus  
Key Terms  
Chapter 2 • Methods: “Do I Really Need a Method?” A Method . . . or Deep Hanging Out?
“Who Am I?” Starting Where You Are  
“Who Else Has Written About My Topic?” Being a Part of an Interpretive Community  
The Power of Purpose: Bracketing Your Subject  
Preparing for the Field: The Research Design and Lay Summary  
The Interview  
Formulating Questions  
Questions to Get Started: Experience, Opinions, Feelings, and the Senses  
Creativity, Questions, and Three Favorites  
Memory and the Oral History Interview  
Rapport: How and What Is This Between Us?  
Coding and Logging Data  
A Biomimetics of Ethnography  
Chapter 3 • Three Stories: Case Studies in Critical Ethnography
Case 1: Local Activism in West Africa  
Case 2: Secrets, Sexuality, and Oral History  
Case 3: Community Theatre: Conflicts and Organization  
Chapter 4 • Ethics
Ethics Is . . .  
Ethics, Faith, and Environmental Activism  
The Question of Freedom  
Maria Lugones: Contemporary Ethics, Ethnography, and Loving Perception  
Chapter 5 • Methods and Application: Three Case Studies in Ethical Dilemmas
Case 1: Local Activism in West Africa  
Case 2: Secrets, Sexuality, and Oral History  
Case 3: Community Theatre: Conflicts and Organization  
Chapter 6 • Performance and Performed Ethnography
Foundational Concepts in Performance and Social Theory  
Utopian Performatives  
The Performance Interventions of Dwight Conquergood  
Staging Ethnography as Performed Ethnography  
Autoethnography and/or Reflexive Ethnography  
Autoethnography in Performance as Critical Reflections  
Chapter 7 • It’s Time to Write: Writing as Performance
Getting Started: In Search of the Muse  
The Anxiety of Writing: Wild Mind and Monkey Mind  
Writing as Performance and Performance as Writing  
Chapter 8 • The Case Studies
Case 1: Staging Cultural Performance  
Case 2: Oral History and Performance  
Case 3: Fieldwork and Social Drama  
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ISBN: 9781483356778