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Interpretive Ethnography
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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.

 
PART ONE: READING THE CRISIS
 
Lessons James Joyce Teaches Us
 
Visual Truth and the Ethnographic Project
 
PART TWO: EXPERIENTIAL TEXTS
 
The Standpoint Epistemologies
 
Performance Texts
 
The New Journalism
 
The Private Eye
 
Ethnographic Poetics and Narratives of the Self
 
PART THREE: WHOSE TRUTH?
 
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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