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Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes

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ISBN-10: 0226206815

ISBN-13: 9780226206813

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: Robert M. Emerson, Rachel I. Fretz, Linda L. Shaw

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In this companion volume John van Maanen's Tales of the Field, three scholars reveal how the ethnographer turns direct experience and observation into written fieldnotes upon which an ethnography is based. Drawing on years of teaching and field research experience, the authors develop a series of guidelines, suggestions, and practical advice about how to write useful fieldnotes in a variety of settings, both cultural and institutional. Using actual unfinished, "working" notes as examples, they illustrate options for composing, reviewing, and working fieldnotes into finished texts. They discuss different organizational and descriptive strategies, including evocation of sensory detail,…    
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Book details

List price: $17.50
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/15/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Robert M. Emerson is professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology at the University of California , Los Angeles . He is the author of Contemporary Field Research: Perspectives and Formulations, now in its second edition.

Rachel I. Fretz is a lecturer in the Writing Programs unit at UCLA.

Linda L. Shaw is professor in and chair of the sociology department at California State University , San Marcos .

Fieldnotes in Ethnographic Research
In the Field: Participating, Observing, and Jotting Notes
Writing Up Fieldnotes I: From Field to Desk
Writing Up Fieldnotes II: Creating Scenes on the Page
Pursuing: Members' Meanings
Processing Fieldnotes: Coding and Memoing
Writing an Ethnography
Conclusion Notes References Index