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Interpretive Ethnography

Interpretive Ethnography
Ethnographic Practices for the 21st Century

January 1997 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
As the world's culture has become both postmodern and multinational, so too must ethnography. In this volume, Norman K Denzin examines the changes and sounds a call to transform ethnographic writing in a manner befitting a new age.

The author ponders the prospects, problems and forms of ethnographic interpretive writing in the twenty-first century. He argues cogently and persuasively that postmodern ethnography is the moral discourse of the contemporary world, and that ethnographers can and should explore new types of experimental texts - performance-based texts, literary journalism and narratives of the self - to form a new ethics of inquiry.

Lessons James Joyce Teaches Us
Visual Truth and the Ethnographic Project
The Standpoint Epistemologies
Performance Texts
The New Journalism
The Private Eye
Ethnographic Poetics and Narratives of the Self
Reading Narrative
The Sixth Moment

A useful text for getting to grips with Ethnography and making sense of using Interpretive Ethnography as a research method.

Mrs Lyz Howard
Department of Health, Health and Social Care Teaching Team
January 25, 2014

This is a beautifully written, creatively "performed" (esp. considering the date it was published -1997) account on new horizons of interpretive ethnographic practice. Denzin surfs between literature and cinema, theory and practice, poems and narratives to demonstrate performative nature of ethnography.

Professor Hakan Ergul
Communications , Hacettepe University
April 9, 2013

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