Tales of the Field

Tales of the Field : On Writing Ethnography

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In "Tales of the Field" John Van Maanen offers readers a survey of the narrative conventions associated with writing about culture and an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of various styles. "Engaging and well written."--H. Ottenheimer, "Choice"

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 138.9 x 216.2 x 11.7mm | 199.06g
  • The University of Chicago Press
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • English
  • 0226849627
  • 9780226849621
  • 279,778

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Tales of the Field offers an informal, readable, and lighthearted treatment of the rhetorical devices used to present the result of fieldwork. Though Van Maanen argues ultimately for the validity of revealing the self while representing a culture, he is sensitive to the differing methods and aims of sociology and anthropology.

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