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Doing Ethnographic Research
Fieldwork Settings

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© 1998 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

There is nothing quite so exciting and daunting as taking your first steps into the field as an ethnographic researcher. This collection of essays features the contributions of a wide range of researchers who consider the key research problems in their given field site and how they were managed. The selections give a novice researcher a sense of the problems, uncertainties, and apprehensions that are part of the research act, as well as the benefit of the experiences that these researchers share in dealing with those issues. Editor Scott Grills presents a collection that takes the reader through the natural history of the research act from establishing oneself in the fieldwork setting to presentation and representation issues. Doing Ethnographic Research is ideally suited for use in a research methods class. As an "ethnography of ethnography," it provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into fieldwork and simultaneously shows students how research done in substantive areas quite distant from their own can be powerfully relevant and revealing.

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Scott Grills
An Invitation to the Field
Fieldwork and the Pragmatists' Lesson  
 
PART TWO: PURSUING INTIMATE FAMILIARITY AND THE PROBLEM OF MEMBERSHIP
Robert Prus
Respecting the Human Condition
Pursuing Intersubjectivity in the Marketplace  
William Shaffir
Doing Ethnographic Research in Jewish Orthodox Communities
The Neglected Role of Sociability  
Robert A Stebbins
The Ethnic Outsider
The Hurdles of Anglophone Field Research on North American Francophones  
Scott Grills
On Being Non-Partisan in Partisan Settings
Field Research among the Politically Committed  
 
PART THREE: ISSUES IN METHODOLOGICAL PRACTICE
Kerry Daly and Anna Dienhart
Navigating the Family Domain
Qualitative Field Dilemmas  
Dan Albas and Cheryl Albas
Experience, Methodological Observation and Theory
A Blumerian Excursion  
Richard A Brymer
Hanging Out with the Good 'Ole Boys, Gangsters and Other Disreputable Characters
Field Research, Quantitative Research and Exceptional Events  
 
PART FOUR: ETHICS, INTERVENTION AND EMOTIONALITY
Leslie Irvine
Organizational Ethics and Fieldwork Realities
Negotiating Ethical Boundaries in Codependents Anonymous  
Clinton R Sanders
Animal Passions
The Emotional Experience of Doing Ethnography in Animal-Human Interaction Settings  
 
PART FIVE: ETHNOGRAPHIC TEXT AND ETHNOGRAPHIC VOICE
Jenny Blain
Presenting Constructions of Identity and Divinity
ásatrú and Oracular Seidhr  
Richard G Mitchell Jr and Kathy Charmaz
Telling Tales, Writing Stories
Postmodernist Visions and Realist Images in Ethnographic Writing  

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