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Representation in Ethnography

Representation in Ethnography

First Edition
Edited by:
  • John Van Maanen - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

January 1995 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
For at least a decade, the function of the ethnographer's work as simple cultural description has been challenged. In response, ethnographic texts have been deconstructed for their origins, their biases, and their literary devices--all of which have resulted in heightened methodological self-consciousness and a concern for reflexivity. This volume explores many of the dimensions of the representational challenges facing contemporary ethnography. The distinguished contributors--Van Maanen, Manning, Wolcott, Agar, Fine, Richardson, and others--cover topics such as fieldnotes; the role of description, narrative, humor, and acknowledgments; the relationship between ethnography and other forms of writing; and alternative means of presenting ethnographic work. Anyone interested in qualitative methods, particularly ethnography, and those who are involved in the examination of the inner workings of ethnographic writing will consider this a valuable work.

John Van Maanen
An End to Innocence
The Ethnography of Ethnography

Jean E Jackson
'Déjà Entendu'
The Liminal Qualities of Anthropological Fieldnotes

Harry F Wolcott
Making a Study 'More Ethnographic'
Michael Agar
Literary Journalism as Ethnography
Exploring the Excluded Middle

Eyal Ben-Ari
On Acknowledgements in Ethnographies
Gary Alan Fine and Daniel D Martin
Humor in Ethnographic Writing
Sarcasm, Satire, and Irony in Erving Goffman's Asylums

Laurel Richardson
Narrative and Sociology
Marianne A Paget
Performing the Text
Peter K Manning
The Challenges of Postmodernism

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ISBN: 9780803971622