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"I wish the Handbook of Ethnography had been available to me as a fledgling ethnographer. I would recommend it for any graduate student who contemplates a career in the field. Likewise for experienced ethnographers who would like the equivalent of a world atlas to help pinpoint their own locations in the field."
- Journal of Contemporary Ethnography


"No self-respecting qualitative researcher should be without Paul Atkinson's handbook on ethnography. This really is encyclopaedic in concept and scope. Many "big names" in the field have contributed so this has to be the starting point for anyone looking to understand the field in substantive topic, theoretical tradition and methodology."
- SRA News


Ethnography is one of the chief research methods in sociology, anthropology and other cognate disciplines in the social sciences. This Handbook provides an unparalleled, critical guide to its principles and practice.

The volume is organized into three sections. The first systematically locates ethnography firmly in its relevant historical and intellectual contexts. The roots of ethnography are pinpointed and the pattern of its development is demonstrated.

The second section examines the contribution of ethnography to major fields of substantive research. The impact and strengths and weaknesses of ethnographic method are dealt with authoritatively and accessibly.

The third section moves on to examine key debates and issues in ethnography, from the conduct of research through to contemporary arguments.

The result is a landmark work in the field, which draws on the expertise of an internationally renowned group of interdisicplinary scholars. The Handbook of Ethnography provides readers with a one-stop critical guide to the past, present and future of ethnography. It will quickly establish itself as the ethnographer's bible.
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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 185.42 x 259.08 x 30.48mm | 861.82g
  • SAGE Publications Inc
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • 1412946069
  • 9781412946063
  • 234,213

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION TO PART ONEThe Chicago School of Ethnography - Mary Jo DeeganSymbolic Interactionism and Ethnography - Paul RockCurrents of Cultural Fieldwork - James D FaubionBritish Social Anthropology - Sharon MacdonaldInto the Community - Lodewijk BruntMass-Observation's Fieldwork Methods - Liz StanleyOrientalism - Julie MarcusEthnomethodology and Ethnography - Melvin Pollner and Robert M EmersonPhenomenology and Ethnography - Ilja MasoSemiotics, Semantics and Ethnography - Peter K ManningGrounded Theory in Ethnography - Kathy Charmaz and Richard G MitchellINTRODUCTION TO PART TWOThe Ethnography of Health and Medicine - Michael BloorEthnographic Research in Educational Settings - Tuula Gordon, Janet Holland and Elina LahelmaEthnography and the Study of Deviance - Dick HobbsEthnographies of Work and the Work of Ethnographers - Vicki SmithEthnography and the Development of Science and Technology Studies - David HessEthnography in the Study of Children and Childhood - Allison JamesEthnography and Material Culture - Christopher TilleyEthnography: A Critical Turn in Cultural Studies - Joost van LoonThe Ethnography of Communication - Elizabeth KeatingTechnologies of Realism? Ethnographic Uses of Photography and Film - Mike Ball and Greg SmithIntroduction to Part ThreeEthnography as Work - Christopher Wellin and Gary Alan FineThe Ethics of Ethnography - Elizabeth Murphy and Robert DingwallParticipant Observation and Fieldnotes - Robert M Emerson, Rachel I Fretz and Linda L ShawEthnographic Interviewing - Barbara Sherman HeylNarrative Analysis in Ethnography - Martin CortazziThe Call of Life Stories in Ethnographic Research - Ken PlummerAutobiography, Intimacy and Ethnography - Deborah Reed-DanahayFeminist Ethnography - Beverley SkeggsEthnography After Post-modernism - Jonathan SpencerComputer Applications in Qualitative Research - Nigel FieldingEthnodrama: Performed Research-limitations and Potential - Jim MienczakowskiPostmodernism, Post-Structuralism and Post (Critical) Ethnography - Patti Lather
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"'I wish the Handbook of Ethnography had been available to me as a fledgling ethnographer. I would recommend it for any graduate student who contemplates a career in the field. Likewise for experienced ethnographers who would like the equivalent of a world atlas to help pinpoint their own locations in the field, the Handbook of Ethnography is it' - Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 'No self-respecting qualitative researcher should be without Paul Atkinson (et al's) handbook on ethnography. This really is encyclopaedic in concept and scope. Many "big names" in the field have contributed so this has to be the starting point for anyone looking to understand the field in substantive topic, theoretical tradition and methodology. The chapters on visual ethnography and semiotics expand the field marvellously, while those on field notes and on ethics are accomplished surveys of the field' - SRA News"
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About Paul Anthony Atkinson

Paul Atkinson is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at Cardiff University, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, and a Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs. Recent books include Creating Conditions (with Katie Featherstone), Everyday Arias: An Operatic Ethnography, and Contours of Culture (with Sara Delamont and William Housley). He is currently conducting ethnographic work in art-makers' studios. His most recent book is For Ethnography (SAGE, 2014). He and Sara Delamont were the founding editors of Qualitative Research, which they edited for 14 years. Together with Sara Delamont, Amanda Coffey, John Lofland and Lyn Lofland, he edited the Sage Handbook of Ethnography. He will be editor-in-chief, with Sara Delamont, Melissa Hardy and Malcolm Williams, of the SAGE Encyclopaedia of Research Methods. Dr Sara Delamont, DSc Econ, AcSS. read Social Anthropology at Girton College Cambridge, did her PhD at Edinburgh, and lectured at Leicester before moving to Cardiff in 1976. She was the first woman to be President of BERA (the British Education Research Association) and the first woman Dean of Social Sciences at Cardiff. She has done ethnographies in schools, and other settings where teaching and learning take place such as operatic master classes and martial arts studios. With Paul Atkinson she is the Founding Editor of Qualitative Research, and is the author of fourteen books. My research interests are underpinned by a sustained, critical methodological engagement with ethnographic and qualitative research. This includes work on contemporary developments in qualitative data analysis, writing and representation, as well as a focus on of the self and (auto)biography in qualitative inquiry. I have led and been involved in a number of funded projects focussing on qualitative research methods and methodological development. I am currently the Director of the Cardiff Node of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: Innovation, Integration and Impact (QUALITI) (2005-8).
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