Tales of the Field: On Writing Ethnography

Tales of the Field: On Writing Ethnography

Paperback Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, & Publishing (Paperback)

By (author) John Van Maanen

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 215mm x 11mm | 226g
  • Publication date: 15 May 1988
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226849627
  • ISBN 13: 9780226849621
  • Sales rank: 257,896

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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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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.