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Handbook of Ethnography

Handbook of Ethnography

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April 2007 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"This wonderful Handbook establishes the central and complex place ethnography now occupies in the human disciplines. All future work will begin here. This Handbook will soon become required reading for all scholars and graduate students who wish to be knowledgeable in this complex field of inquiry. This is a stunning accomplishment. The field owes the editors and their contributors a major debt of thanks."
—Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"A marvelous achievement! The Handbook has all the marks of a winner – compelling writing, comprehensive coverage, and very useful discussions. This is a real benchmark for ethnography. It will set the background for debate and point to new directions for years to come. My graduate students will love it."
—Jaber F. Gubrium, University of Florida, Gainesville

"The Handbook of Ethnography compiles invaluable, original, critical essays on ethnographical work, earning it a place on everyone's must-have bookshelf."
—Virginia Olesen, University of California, San Francisco

Ethnography is one of the chief research methods in sociology, anthropology and other cognate disciplines in the social sciences. This Handbook provides an unparalleled critical guide to its principles and practice.

The volume is organized into three parts. The first systematically locates ethnography in its relevant historical and intellectual contexts. The roots of ethnography are pinpointed and the pattern of its development is demonstrated.

The second part examines the contribution of ethnography to major fields of substantive research. The impact and strengths and weaknesses of ethnographic method are dealt with authoritatively and accessibly.

The third part moves on to examine key debates and issues in ethnography, from the conduct of research through to contemporary arguments.

The result is a landmark work in the field which draws on the expertise of an internationally renowned group of interdisciplinary scholars. The Handbook provides readers with a one-stop critical guide to the past, present and future of ethnography. It will quickly establish itself as the ethnographer's bible.

Mary Jo Deegan
The Chicago School of Ethnography
Paul Rock
Symbolic Interactionism and Ethnography
James D Faubion
Currents of Cultural Fieldwork
Sharon Macdonald
British Social Anthropology
Lodewijk Brunt
Into the Community
Liz Stanley
Mass-Observation's Fieldwork Methods
Julie Marcus
Melvin Pollner and Robert M Emerson
Ethnomethodology and Ethnography
Ilja Maso
Phenomenology and Ethnography
Peter K Manning
Semiotics, Semantics and Ethnography
Kathy Charmaz and Richard G Mitchell
Grounded Theory in Ethnography
Michael Bloor
The Ethnography of Health and Medicine
Tuula Gordon, Janet Holland and Elina Lahelma
Ethnographic Research in Educational Settings
Dick Hobbs
Ethnography and the Study of Deviance
Vicki Smith
Ethnographies of Work and the Work of Ethnographers
David Hess
Ethnography and the Development of Science and Technology Studies
Allison James
Ethnography in the Study of Children and Childhood
Christopher Tilley
Ethnography and Material Culture
Joost van Loon
Ethnography: A Critical Turn in Cultural Studies
Elizabeth Keating
The Ethnography of Communication
Mike Ball and Greg Smith
Technologies of Realism? Ethnographic Uses of Photography and Film
Introduction to Part Three
Christopher Wellin and Gary Alan Fine
Ethnography as Work
Elizabeth Murphy and Robert Dingwall
The Ethics of Ethnography
Robert M Emerson, Rachel I Fretz and Linda L Shaw
Participant Observation and Fieldnotes
Barbara Sherman Heyl
Ethnographic Interviewing
Martin Cortazzi
Narrative Analysis in Ethnography
Ken Plummer
The Call of Life Stories in Ethnographic Research
Deborah Reed-Danahay
Autobiography, Intimacy and Ethnography
Beverley Skeggs
Feminist Ethnography
Jonathan Spencer
Ethnography After Post-modernism
Nigel Fielding
Computer Applications in Qualitative Research
Jim Mienczakowski
Ethnodrama: Performed Research-limitations and Potential
Patti Lather
Postmodernism, Post-Structuralism and Post (Critical) Ethnography

This is an excellent idea to put under one cover so many useful research tips, references and the 'search terms'. I like the relevance of the coverage to the inter- and cross- disciplinary research.

Dr Olga Kuznetsova
MMU Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University
November 3, 2017

Many interesting and important contribution to the ethnography. Gives good insight into different areas of ethnography.

Professor Jens Christian Nielsen
Danish School of Education, Aarhus University
October 7, 2016

This is an excellent resource for students at a range of stages in their research projects. It is written with clear communication in mind, and students are very positive about its impact on their confidence in adopting an ethnographic methodology for their research.

Dr Walter Riggans
Cliff College, Cliff College
August 28, 2016

The Handbook of Ethnography offers something to every researcher - young or old - that is faced with the challenge of preparing and doing one of various types of ethnographic research. It can help to quickly build up essential knowledge on ethnography as a discipline and method and guide one towards more specific literature suited to ones research. The chapter on field notes is particularly helpful as it is an often neglected part of the practice of ethnography.

Mr Lorenz Grünewald
Media Management, Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft
October 1, 2015

Good introduction into Ethnography. Interesting to use with netnography.

Mr Matthew Hirst
Arts, Business and Social Science, University Campus Suffolk
July 6, 2015

This is an outstanding collection that offers a complete practical overview of issues in doing ethnography. It is also an interdisciplinary text that thinks ethnography out of disciplinary bounds, yet through raising context-specific problems.

Dr Elena Gonzalez-Polledo
The Methodology Institute, London School of Economics
April 16, 2015

A comprehensive handbook that provides insight into ethnographical methods, theory and research. Provides an in-depth exploration of a large range of ethnographical approaches and key themes ideal for the first time and even the experienced researcher.

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Beckett University
April 9, 2015

While developing interest among students to research into the practicalities of church and their localities, ethnographic matters are essential to understand. This books sets out and accomplishes a lot of the ground world for what a handbook on ethnography needs to be. It is perhaps a little beyond my BA students and may phase them but it should help those who persist in reading sections of it at least as a reference. The typeset is a little too close and dense for comfort of skim reading! Perhaps it is better for the PhD students!

Dr Anne Dyer
Postgraduate, Cliff College
March 2, 2015

A comprehensive and well considered Handbook that captures the essence of ethnographic research. Certainly a must- have in every library.

Mr Patrick Muigai
Schl of Tourism, University of West London
February 6, 2015

An excellent book on ethnographical methods, theory and research. Provides an in-depth exploration of a large range of ethnographical approaches and key themes and is highly recommended to students at all levels who wish to gain an invaluable introduction to Ethnography. Definitely a classic textbook in Ethnography!

Mrs Anne Sidenius
Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark
January 6, 2015

Paul Atkinson

Paul Atkinson is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Cardiff University. Recent publications include For Ethnography (SAGE 2014) and Thinking Ethnographically (SAGE 2017). The fourth book in his quartet will be Crafting Ethnography, also for SAGE. The fourth edition of Hammersley and Atkinson Ethnography: Principles in Practice was published by Routledge in 2019. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and of the Learned Society of Wales. More About Author

Sara Delamont

Dr Sara Delamont, DSc Econ, AcSS. read Social Anthropology at Girton College Cambridge, did her PhD at Edinburgh, and lectured at Leicester before moving to Cardiff in 1976. She was the first woman to be President of BERA (the British Education Research Association) and the first woman Dean of Social Sciences at Cardiff. She has done ethnographies in schools, and other settings where teaching and learning take place such as operatic master classes and martial arts studios. With Paul Atkinson she is the Founding Editor of Qualitative Research, and is the author of fourteen books. More About Author

Amanda Coffey

My research interests are underpinned by a sustained, critical methodological engagement with ethnographic and qualitative research. This includes work on contemporary developments in qualitative data analysis, writing and representation, as well as a focus on of the self and (auto)biography in qualitative inquiry. I have led and been involved in a number of funded projects focussing on qualitative research methods and methodological development. I am currently the Director of the Cardiff Node of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: Innovation, Integration and Impact ... More About Author

John Lofland

Lyn H Lofland

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