Ethnographic Research
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Ethnographic Research

A Reader


Other Titles:
Qualitative Research

© 2002 | 278 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`A clear demonstration of a range of ethnographic research techniques that offer a profound understanding of the subjects of the investigations and will undoubtedly stimulate many considering some form of research to assess carefully the advantages of ethnographic techniques for use in their own work' - Evaluation and Research in Education

Ethnographic Research presents, in a single volume, a selection of ten recently published studies intended to illustrate the variety of social research which is currently being conducted within the ethnographic tradition. Together with an accompanying editorial introduction and a carefully selected range of Guided Reading Exercises, this text should provide students with a solid grounding of the different underlying assumptions, researchers' positions, methods of data collection and theoretical approaches within this broadly defined research tradition. The collection includes research from a range of different countries (Britain, The USA, Australia, Lebanon and India) and studies from a multitude of disciplines and contexts including work, policing, race and the environment. Consequently it should serve as an invaluable teaching resource on research methods courses across the social sciences, and in many neighbouring disciplines.

The collection will be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students on research methods courses, and more generally for students who are required to carry out empirical research as a core component on a wide variety of courses.

Stephanie Taylor
Researching the Social
An Introduction to the Ethnographic Research  
PART ONE: AT SOCIETY'S MARGINS
Philippe Bourgois
Respect at Work
`Going Legit'  
Lisa Maher and David Dixon
Policing and Public Health
Law Enforcement and Harm Minimization in a Street-Level Drug Market  
PART TWO: GENDERED IDENTITIES
Valerie Hey
`Not as Nice as She Was Supposed to Be'
Schoolgirls' Friendships  
Claire E Alexander
`One of the Boys'
Black Masculinity and the Peer Group  
PART THREE: WORKPLACE PRACTICES
Leslie Salzinger
Manufacturing Sexual Subjects
`Harassment', Desire and Discipline on a Maquiladora Shopfloor  
Edwin Hutchins and Tove Klausen
Distributed Cognition in an Airline Cockpit
PART FOUR: THE CONSUMPTION OF CULTURAL PRODUCTS
Tim Edensor
Tourists at the Taj
Walking and Gazing  
Marwan M Kraidy
The Global, the Local and the Hybrid
A Native Ethnography of Globalization  
PART FIVE: WORKING TO PROVIDE MEDICAL SERVICES
Lesley Griffiths
Humour as Resistance to Professional Dominance in Community Health Teams
Nicolas Dodier and Agn[gr]es Camus
Openness and Specialization
Dealing with Patients in a Hospital Emergency Service  

Sample Materials & Chapters

PDF file of the Introduction


`A clear demonstration of a range of ethnographic research techniques that offer a profound understanding of the subjects of the investigations and will undoubtedly stimulate many considering some form of research to assess carefully the advantages of ethnographic techniques for use in their own work' - Evaluation and Research in Education


Good overview of all key aspects

Ms Cat Meredith
Faculty of Health, Social Work & Educ, Northumbria University
August 4, 2014

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