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Inclusive Ethnography

Inclusive Ethnography
Making Fieldwork Safer, Healthier and More Ethical

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April 2024 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

How can you do ethnographic field research in a safe way for you and the people you work with?

In this nuanced, candid book, researchers from across the globe discuss core challenges faced by ethnographers, reflecting on research from preparation to dissemination and how identity interacts with the realities of doing fieldwork.

Building on the work of the editors’ The New Ethnographer Project, which has been seeking to change the way ethnographic methods are approached and taught since 2018, the book:

  • Promotes an inclusive approach that invites you to learn from the challenges faced by a diverse range of scholars.
  • Addresses underexplored issues including emotional and physical safety in the face of ableism, homophobia and racism.
  • Challenges assumptions of what it means to produce knowledge by conducting fieldwork.

Whether you’re an undergraduate student or an experienced researcher, this book will help you do fieldwork that is safer, healthier and more ethical.

Isobel Gibbin
Chapter 1: Ethnographic skills to keep you sane
Elena Butti
Chapter 2: Safe and Ethical Ethnography: Looking Inwards
James Shires
Chapter 3: Cybersecurity and ethnography
Isabel Bredenbröker and Tajinder Kaur
Chapter 4: Giving, taking and receiving care: Disability and fieldwork
Elsemieke Van Osch and Sharon Louise Smith
Chapter 5: Reflexive ethnography in intimate spaces: Motherhood and care work in and outside of the field
Sandra Fernandez
Chapter 6: Fieldwork as a Coded-As-Black Woman
Shannon Philip
Chapter 7: Sex, sexuality and the ethnographer in the field
Hareem Khan
Chapter 8: Betraying Loyalty: Managing Dis/Trust as Ethical Feminist Praxis
Branwen Spector and Theodora Sutton
Chapter 9: Social Media as Method
Caitlin Procter
Chapter 10: Doing fieldwork in and on contexts of violence and instability
Emma Louise Backe and Alex Fitzpatrick
Chapter 11: Fieldwork and Feeled-Work: Addressing Mental Health in Ethnography
Anne E. Pfister
Chapter 12: Participatory Ethnographic Methods: Collaborative data production, analysis, and ethnographic representation
Ezgi Güler
Chapter 13: Going against the Grain in Writing Ethnography
Concluding recommendations for educators

Inclusive Ethnography offers a broad range of practical and provocative reflections on contemporary ethnography. The book encourages students and established ethnographers to consider the many challenges ethnographic research can entail, to learn from the accounts it presents, and to develop responsive and ethical approaches in their own practices. It is an essential resource

Dr Christopher Bunn
Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow

A strength of ethnographic method is its affordance for capturing social phenomena in a human way; in a way that recording devices alone simply cannot. Inclusive Ethnography brings this humanity into focus, celebrating diversity and difference by demonstrating the human contingencies through which field relations and data representation are handled. Each chapter imparts practical knowledge through powerful personal accounts, offering a timely guide for (and from) traditionally overlooked researchers and research.

Dr Jonathan Ablitt
Research Associate, Cardiff University

Inclusive Ethnography shares lessons learnt from the ethnographic field from a diverse range of contributors. It offers a refreshingly honest, yet academically rigorous, account of methodological, ethical and substantive issues encountered in conducing ethnographic work. Great for beginners and experts alike!

Anna Galazka
Lecturer, Cardiff Business School

Caitlin Procter

Dr Caitlin Procter is a part-time Professor at the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute, and a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding at the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Her work examines the experiences of children and youth in contexts of conflict and forced displacement, with a regional focus on Palestine, Jordan and Syria. She teaches on research methods and ethics and is a co-founder of The New Ethnographer. More About Author

Branwen Spector

Dr Branwen Spector is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at University College London. She conducts research on occupation, mobility, and infrastructure in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank, Ukraine, and Lebanon. She teaches on research methods, ethics, social media, and decolonisation and is a co-founder of The New Ethnographer. More About Author

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