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
Jean E Jackson
Harry F Wolcott
Making a Study 'More Ethnographic'
Literary Journalism as Ethnography
On Acknowledgements in Ethnographies
Gary Alan Fine and Daniel D Martin
Humor in Ethnographic Writing
Narrative and Sociology
Marianne A Paget
Performing the Text
Peter K Manning
The Challenges of Postmodernism