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Research Practice for Cultural Studies
Ethnographic Methods and Lived Cultures

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November 2002 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'This is an Excellent textbook and a valuable addition to the growing field of 'how to' books providing advice and guidance for practitioners and students wishing to undertake fieldwork of an ethnographic nature.... this books deserves to be high on your reading list'

- Active Learning in Higher Education

`Gray's book tells us an important story, starting from the epistemological and methodological background of a number of key studies in the Birgmingham tradition, it explores how to make use of these research experiences and how to deploy "experience" as a tool for research' -

Roberta Sassatelli, School of Economic and Social Studies, University of East Anglia

How is culture `lived'? What are the best ways of investigating cultural life? This timely, assured and accessible book has three objectives. First, it seeks to give a critical selective account of the main ethnographic methods that have influenced cultural studies. Second, it offers practical guidance on the craft of research, from formulating a topic to presenting it in written form. Third, it provides help with key questions of evaluative criteria and values in the research process.

This is one of the first cultural studies books to address the question of the research process in detail. Students who want to do empirical research will find the book to be an indispensable resource that will enable them to focus on the correct issues and ask the right questions for effective research. The book develops a set of research practices that are appropriate to a critical understanding of culture, power and everyday life. It will rapidly establish itself as the lecturer's stand-by and the student's friend for all issues relating to qualitative research in cultural studies.

 
PART ONE: ETHNOGRAPHIC METHODS
 
Grasping Lived Cultures
 
Articulating Experience
 
Imagined Communities
The Spectacular and the Ordinary  
 
A Question of Research
 
PART TWO: THE RESEARCH PROCESS
 
Locating Instances and Generating Material
 
I Want to Tell You a Story
 
Tying in the Texts
 
Strategies and Tactics in Analysis
 
Writing
 
Sources of Knowledge and Ways of Knowing

'Gray's book tells us an important story, starting from the epistemological and methodological background of a number of key studies in the Birgmingham tradition, it explores how to make use of these research experiences and how to deploy "experience" as a tool for reseach' -

Roberta Sassatelli, School of Economic and Social Studies, University of East Anglia

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Ann Gray

Ann’s main research interests are in media and popular culture but she has focused more recently on television studies in particular. Her first book Video Playtime: the gendering of a leisure technology was a study of the uses of the video cassette recorder in the home, relating this to an understanding of media use in everyday life with particular reference to gender. In addition to writing on aspects of gender, feminist cultural studies and audience studies she has also written about the intellectual and institutional politics of research methods most particularly in her book Research Practice for Cultural Studies.Ann has a strong... More About Author

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