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Representation in Ethnography

Representation in Ethnography

First Edition
Edited by:
  • John Van Maanen - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

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280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
For the past decade the function of the ethnographer's work has been challenged. Ethnographic texts are now deconstructed for their origins, their biases and their literary devices, and the boundaries of the genre have been expanded through experiments in presentation.

This volume explores many of the dimensions of the representational challenge to contemporary ethnography. The contributors, well-known scholars in their field, cover such topics as: fieldnotes; the role of description, narrative, humour and acknowledgements; the relationship between ethnography and other forms of writing; and alternative means of presenting ethnographic work.

John Van Maanen
An End to Innocence
The Ethnography of Ethnography

Jean E Jackson
'Déjà Entendu'
The Liminal Qualities of Anthropological Fieldnotes

Harry F Wolcott
Making a Study 'More Ethnographic'
Michael Agar
Literary Journalism as Ethnography
Exploring the Excluded Middle

Eyal Ben-Ari
On Acknowledgements in Ethnographies
Gary Alan Fine and Daniel D Martin
Humor in Ethnographic Writing
Sarcasm, Satire, and Irony in Erving Goffman's Asylums

Laurel Richardson
Narrative and Sociology
Marianne A Paget
Performing the Text
Peter K Manning
The Challenges of Postmodernism

John Van Maanen

Van Maanen holds a BA in political science from California State University, Long Beach, as well as an MS in social administration and a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Irvine. More About Author