Ethnography A Way of Seeing

ISBN-10: 0759111693

ISBN-13: 9780759111691

Edition: 2nd 2008

Authors: Harry F. Wolcott
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Description: One of anthropology's leading writers on ethnographic methods, Harry F. Wolcott, discusses the fundamental nature of ethnographic studies. Tracing its development from its disciplinary origins in sociology and anthropology, he points out what is distinctive about ethnography and what it means to conduct research in the ethnographic tradition. In this engaging and thought-provoking book, Wolcott distinguishes ethnography as more than just a set of field methods and practices, separating it from many related qualitative research traditions as "a way of seeing" through the lens of culture. For both beginning and experienced ethnographers in a wide range of disciplines, Wolcott's book will provide important ideas for improving research practice. Book jacket.

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 1/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Alice Beck Kehoeis professor emeritus of anthropology at Marquette University, and author of a dozen books, including Controversies in Archaeology, The Ghost Dance: Ethnohistory and Revitalization,andNorth American Indians: A Comprehensive Account. Paul L. Doughtyis Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of anthropology and Latin American studies at the University of Florida. He is coauthor ofPeru: A Cultural HistoryandPeasants, Power, and Applied Social Change: Vicos as a Model.

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
Where We've Been
Ethnography in the Good Old Days
Where in the World Do You Think You Are Going?
The Problem of Where? A Personal Account
In Place of Place
Keeping Ethnography in Perspective
A Watershed: Spradley and McCurdy's The Cultural Experience
Where Do You Think You Are Going?
A Way of Looking and a Way of Seeing
Ethnography as a Way of Looking
Participant Observation-The Catch-All Label
Experiencing, Enquiring, and Examining
Experiencing: Distinguishing between Observers and Participant Observers
Enquiring: When Researchers Ask
Examining: Archival Strategies
The Appeal of an Ethnographic Approach to Research
Ethnography as a Way of Seeing
Ethnography as More Than Method
Following the Ethnographic Tradition in Anthropology
What Is an Ethnographic Question?
The Scale of the Ethnographic Project
Great Expectations or Mission Impossible?
On Finding Difference Enough
Attributing Culture
More Expectations
On Getting Enough Detail
A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Ethnography as Idiosyncratic
The Ethnographer's Task
Culture and Ethnography Under Siege
Ethnographic Applications
Traditional Ethnography and Ethnographic Tradition
Ethnography by the Numbers
Replicating or Adapting an Existing Model
Combining Features from Several Models
Working from a Standard Plan
Proposing One's Own Set of Categories
Other Alternatives
The Introductory Text as Informal Field Guide
A Modular Approach
Getting a Start and Building On Later
Meeting Ethnographic Criteria the Low-Risk Way
Ethnography from Inside Out
How Critical Is "Difference" in Doing Ethnography?
Emic and Etic
Insiders and Outsiders
The Ethnographer Tells the Story of a People
The Anthropological Life History
Working with One Informant
The Ethnographer Helps People Tell Their Story
The Ethnographic Autobiography
The People Tell Their Own Story
The Difficulties with Native Ethnography
The Native Goes Anthropologist
Coda
Ethnographic Matters
Hurried Ethnography for Harried Ethnographers
How Having Too Much Time Can Work Against the Ethnographer
Working Within Rigorous Time Constraints
Ethnographic Reconnaissance
Incorporating Ethnographic Reconnaissance as a Research Strategy
Systematic Data Collection
Stepwise Research
Ethnography's Many Faces
Ethnographic Fiction: The Don Juan Capers
Ethnographic Fiction: A Broader Look
Taking the "Ethnographic Approach"
Ethnographic Evaluation
An Attractive Appendage to Other Fields
Autoethnography
So Far
Does It Matter Whether or Not It's Ethnography?
Seven Reasons Why It Matters
Can You Do Ethnography Without Embracing the Culture Concept?
Ethnography as a Piece of Cake
Analogy to the Rescue, One More Time
Essential Ingredients and Ethnography
Writing with Culture
Cultural Patterning
Culture Revisited
A Piece of Cake?
Writing Ethnography
Getting Started
The Editing Process
Care and Feeding of Budding Authors
A Few Pointers on Writing
You and the Computer
Editing for Publication: Surprise, Surprise
End of the Line
Ethnography Matters: Looking Ahead, Looking Back
Ethnographic Futures and the Future of Ethnography
Ethnography in the Professional Career
Ethnography as Occupation and Preoccupation
Everybody an Ethnographer?
The "Ethics" Shadow
References and Select Bibliography
Name Index
Subject Index
About the Author/About the Book
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