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Contemporary Approaches to Ethnographic Research

Contemporary Approaches to Ethnographic Research

First Edition
Four Volume Set
Edited by:
  • Kahryn Hughes - University of Leeds, UK
  • Jerry Coulton - Lecturer in Sociology, School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester
  • John Goodwin - Professor, School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester
  • Jason Hughes - University of Leicester, UK

January 2018 | 1 592 pages | SAGE India

This collection brings together readings from the vast range of ethnographic perspectives and practices to offer a multi-dimensional, detailed exploration of the ‘theory’ and ‘practice’ of ethnographic research, with a major emphasis on the contemporary application of the same. This is undertaken with the objective of offering a single, comprehensive teaching and research resource for those interested in this approach to data collection and analysis. The collection comprises four volumes that will collectively: i) consider what constitutes ‘contemporary ethnography’ as a research tool; ii) critically discuss the definitional debates surrounding ethnography; iii) illustrate how ethnography can be used in contemporary social science research where a significant emphasis is placed on the everyday, the virtual and the visual; and finally iv) reflect upon the practical, methodological, analytical and ethical aspects of current ethnographic research practice.

Volume 1: Contemporary Ethnographies: Transformation, Change and Continuities

Volume 1 aims to explore what constitutes ‘contemporary ethnography’. The core starting point is that it is better to think of ‘ethnographies’ rather than any single or simple approach or method.

Volume 2: Current Ethnographic Practices: Working in the ‘Contemporary Field’

In Volume 2 the focus is on those works that emphasise, and critically examine, the ‘practice’ of ‘doing’ ethnography within the present-day context. Here, again, the selection of material is driven by a concern with continuities and discontinuities in contemporary approaches to ethnography. The focus is on the application, extension and revision of ‘classic’ approaches to the contemporary world: on how ethnographies have become attuned to the dynamics of the everyday as that has come to be.

Volume 3: Digital Ethnography: Researching Online Worlds

Volume 3, focusing on the ascendancy of digital and virtual ethnography in recent years, serves as an exemplar of a primary concern of this collection: that of exploring developments in the approach, institutional/disciplinary developments, and more general social changes.

Volume 4: Contemporary Ethnographic Analysis: Interpretation, Meaning and Representation

Analysis, interpretation, representation and ‘making meaning’ of and from ethnographic data are the central concerns of Volume 4. The volume contains an array of papers that reflect how substantive and practical concerns shape processes of analysing ethnographic data and, as with the earlier volumes, includes papers from a variety of epistemological starting points.

Volume 1: Contemporary Ethnographies: Transformation, Change and Continuities
Norbert Elias
The Retreat of Sociologists into the Present
Keith Berry
The Ethnographic Choice: Why Ethnographers Do Ethnography
Paul Lichterman and Isaac
Theory and Contrastive Explanation in Ethnography
Charles Soukup
Ariail Reed The Postmodern Ethnographic Flaneur and the Study of Hyper-Mediated Everyday Life
Anne-Marie Smith
Old Fieldwork, New Ethnography: Taking the Stories Out of the Bag
Fabian Segelström and Stefan Holmlid
Ethnography by Design: On Goals and Mediating Artefacts
Patricia A. Adler, Peter Adler and John M. Johnson
Street Corner Society Revisted: New Questions about Old Issues
Graham Crow
Going Back to Re-study Communities: Challenges and Opportunities
Lee Papa and Luke Eric Lassiter
The Muncie Race Riots of 1967, Representing Community Memory Through Public Performance, and Collaborative Ethnography between Faculty, Students, and the Local Community
Lee Barron
The Sound of Street Corner Society: UK Grime Music as Ethnography
Andrew V. Papachristos, David M. Hureau and Anthony A. Braga
The Corner and the Crew: The Influence of Geography and Social Networks on Gang Violence
Robin Patric Clair
Narratives in the Old Neighborhood: An Ethnographic Study of an Urban Neighborhood’s Stories
John Goodwin and Henrietta O’Connor
Pearl Jephcott: The Legacy of a Forgotten Sociological Research Pioneer
Robert J. Lake
They Treat Me Like I’m Scum’: Social Exclusion and Established-Outsider Relations in a British Tennis Club
Marcus Free and John Hughson
Common Culture, Commodity Fetishism and the Cultural Contradictions of Sport
Emily Billo and Alison Mountz
For Institutional Ethnography: Geographical Approaches to Institutions and the Everyday
Megan Welsh and Valli Rajah
Rendering Invisible Punishments Visible: Using Institutional Ethnography in Feminist Criminology
Julia Archer
Intersecting Feminist Theory and Ethnography in the Context of Social Work Research
Ester Gallo
Village Ethnography and Kinship Studies: Perspectives from India and Beyond
Carol A.M. Smith and Agatha M. Gallo
Applications of Performance Ethnography in Nursing
Adam Kaul
Music on the Edge: Busking at the Cliffs of Moher and the Commodification of a Musical Landscape
Volume 2: Current Ethnographic Practices: Working in the ‘Contemporary Field’
Paul Thompson and Brett Lashua
Getting It on Record: Issues and Strategies for Ethnographic Practice in Recording Studios
Lesley Murray
Looking at and Looking Back: Visualization in Mobile Research
Daphne Demetry
Regimes of Meaning: The Intersection of Space and Time in Kitchen Cultures
Torin Monahan and Jill A. Fisher
Strategies for Obtaining Access to Secretive or Guarded Organizations
Simon Gottschalk and Marko Salvaggio
Stuck Inside of Mobile: Ethnography in Non-Places
S.J. Lewis and A.J. Russell
Being Embedded: A Way Forward for Ethnographic Research
Helen Owton and Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
Close But Not Too Close: Friendship as Method(ology) in Ethnographic Research Encounters
Jonathan Ilan
Street Social Capital in the Liquid City
Tessa Diphoorn
The Emotionality of Participation: Various Modes of Participation in Ethnographic Fieldwork on Private Policing in Durban, South Africa
Michaela Pfadenhauer and Tilo Grenz
Uncovering the Essence: The Why and How of Supplementing Observation with Participation in Phenomenology-based Ethnography
Patrick Lopez-Aguado
Working between Two Worlds: Gang Intervention and Street Liminality
Nancy Taber
Institutional Ethnography, Autoethnography, and Narrative: An Argument for Incorporating Multiple Methodologies
Paul Whitinui
Indigenous Autoethnography: Exploring, Engaging, and Experiencing “Self” as a Native Method of Inquiry
Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott, Clare Forstie and Savina Balasubramanian
Shining Stars, Blind Sides, and “Real” Realities: Exit Rituals, Eulogy Work, and Allegories in Reality Television
Stephanie Decker
Solid Intentions: An Archival Ethnography of Corporate Architecture and Organizational Remembering
Julia Aoki and Ayaka Yoshimizu
Walking Histories, Un/making Places: Walking Tours as Ethnography of Place
Hubert Knoblauch and Bernt Schnettler
Video and Vision: Videography of a Marian Apparition
Alex V. Barnard
Waving The Banana’at Capitalism: Political Theater And Social Movement Strategy Among New York’s ‘Freegan’ Dumpster Divers
Kristen Ali Eglinton
Between the Personal and the Professional: Ethical Challenges When Using Visual Ethnography to Understand Young People’s Use of Popular Visual Material Culture
Danny Hoffman and Mohammed Tarawalley, Jr
Frontline Collaborations: The Research Relationship in Unstable Places
Volume 3: Digital Ethnography: Researching Online Worlds
Christine Hine
The Virtual Objects of Ethnography
R. Kozinets
Netnography Redefined
Dhiraj Murthy
Digital Ethnography: An Examination of the Use of New Technologies for Social Research
Pink, S., Horst, H., Postill, J., Hjorth, L., Lewis, T.
Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practice
Roser Beneito-Montagut
Ethnography Goes Online: Towards a User-centred Methodology to Research Interpersonal Communication on the Internet
Stina Bengtsson
Faraway, So Close! Proximity and Distance in Ethnography Online
Shaowen Bardzell and William Odom
The Experience of Embodied Space in Virtual Worlds: An Ethnography of a Second Life Community
Benjamin Burroughs
Facebook and FarmVille: A Digital Ritual Analysis of Social Gaming
Deborah A. Fields and Yasmin B. Kafai
Knowing and Throwing Mudballs, Hearts, Pies, and Flowers: A Connective Ethnography of Gaming Practices
Kevin F. Steinmetz
Message Received: Virtual Ethnography in Online Message Boards
John Farnsworth and Terry Austrin
The Ethnography of New Media Worlds? Following the Case of Global Poker
John Postill and Sarah Pink
Social Media Ethnography: The Digital Researcher in a Messy Web
Asaf Nissenbaum and Limor Shifman
Internet Memes as Contested Cultural Capital: The Case of 4chan’s /b/ Board
Monica J. Barratt and Alexia Maddox
Active Engagement with Stigmatised Communities through Digital Ethnography
Robert W. Gehl
Power/Freedom on the Dark Web: A Digital Ethnography of the Dark Web Social Network
Natalie Boero and C.J. Pascoe
Pro-anorexia Communities and Online Interaction: Bringing the Pro-ana Body Online
Jeffrey Lane
The Digital Street: An Ethnographic Study of Networked Street Life in Harlem
Sarah Pink, Jolynna Sinanan and Larissa Hjorth
Tactile Digital Ethnography: Researching Mobile Media through the Hand
Anders Blok and Morten Axel Pedersen
Complementary Social Science? Quali-Quantitative Experiments in a Big Data World
Panayiota Tsatsou
Literacy and Training in Digital Research: Researchers’ Views in Five Social Science and Humanities Disciplines
Volume 4: Contemporary Ethnographic Analysis: Interpretation, Meaning and Representation
Isaac Ariail Reed
Ethnography, Theory, and Sociology as a Human Science: An Interlocution
William Julius Wilson and Anmol Chaddha
The Role of Theory in Ethnographic Research
Michaela Pfadenhauer and Tilo Grenz
Uncovering the Essence: The Why and How of Supplementing Observation with Participation in Phenomenology-Based Ethnography
Anne Honer and Ronald Hitzler
Life-World-Analytical Ethnography: A Phenomenology-Based Research Approach
Mario Luis Small
How Many Cases Do I Need?’ On Science and the Logic of Case Selection in Field-based Research
Lynne Pettinger
Representing Shop Work: A Dual Ethnography
Alexander Riley
Ethnography of the Ek-Static Experience: Poésie Auto- socioanalytique in the Work of Michel Leiris
Thomas S. Eberle
Exploring Another’s Subjective Life-World: A Phenomenological Approach
Atsuro Morita
The Ethnographic Machine: Experimenting with Context and Comparison in Strathernian Ethnography
Anne Paillet
The Ethnography of ‘Particularly Sensitive’ Activities: How ‘Social Expectations of Ethnography’ may Reduce Sociological and Anthropological Scope
Orit Avishai, Lynne Gerber, and Jennifer Randles
The Feminist Ethnographer’s Dilemma: Reconciling Progressive Research Agendas with Fieldwork Realities
Esayas B Geleta
The Politics of Identity and Methodology in African Development Ethnography
Paul Whitinui
Indigenous Autoethnography: Exploring, Engaging, and Experiencing “Self” as a Native Method of Inquiry
Phillip Vannini
Non-representational Ethnography: New Ways of Animating Lifeworlds
Barrie Thorne
The Seven Up! Films: Connecting the Personal and the Sociological
Margarethe Kusenbach
Street Phenomenology: The Go-along as Ethnographic Research Tool
Sinikka Elliott, Josephine Ngo McKelvy and Sarah Bowen
Marking Time in Ethnography: Uncovering Temporal Dispositions
Biao Xiang
Multi-scalar Ethnography: An Approach for Critical Engagement with Migration and Social Change
Takeyuki Tsuda, Maria Tapias, and Xavier Escandell
Locating the Global in Transnational Ethnography
Jason Ferdinand, Geoff Pearson, Mike Rowe and Frank Worthington
A Different Kind of Ethics

Kahryn Hughes

Dr. Kahryn Hughes is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Leeds. She has received Economic and Social Research Council funding for several of their flagship methodological programmes, including the Research Methods Programme, and Timescapes. Her research over the past fifteen years has primarily aimed at methods for innovation and development. Her current research interests relate to three overlapping areas: the sociology of health inequalities, sociological theory, and research methodology. More specifically, she is interested in: addiction, poverty, time, relationality and identity. More About Author

Jerry Coulton

Dr. Jerry Coulton is Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Media, Communication and Sociology at the University of Leicester. He took up his post at Leicester early in 2013, having been Head of Criminology in his previous role. His research crosses the boundaries between Sociology and Criminology, but is predominantly focused around the importance of space and place in a social context. This has taken the form of academic projects investigating the nature of crime in a specific built environment, evaluating policing initiatives in managing high crime areas, studying the impact of deindustrialisation on towns, investigating the use of... More About Author

John Goodwin

John Goodwin is a Professor of Sociology and Sociological Practice at the University of Leicester. As a sociologist, John has a broad range of research interests including education to work transitions, sociological research methods, and the history of sociology. He is a recognized expert on the life and sociology of Pearl Jephcott, and he also has a significant interest in the works of Norbert Elias, C. Wright Mills, and Stanley Milgram. In terms of his sociological practice, John has expertise in qualitative secondary analysis, restudies, biographical methods, and the use of unconventional data sources in sociological research. More About Author

Jason Hughes

Jason Hughes is Professor and Head of the School of Media, Communication and Sociology at the University of Leicester. His first book, Learning to Smoke (2003, Chicago Press), which synthesised aspects of the work of Howard Becker with that of Foucault and Elias, won the 2006 Norbert Elias prize. He has also coauthored with Ruth Simpson and Natasha Slutskaya Gender, Class and Occupation: Working Class Men Doing Dirty Work (Palgrave, 2016), and, together with Eric Dunning, Norbert Elias and Modern Sociology: Knowledge, Interdependence, Power, Process (Bloomsbury, 2013). Other works include the edited volumes Visual Methods (SAGE, 2012) and... More About Author

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