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Interpretive Ethnography

Interpretive Ethnography
Ethnographic Practices for the 21st Century

December 1996 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

At we enter the 21st century, we are witnessing tremendous changes in the world's culture. As it has become both postmodern and multinational, so too must ethnography. In Interpretive Ethnography, Norman K. Denzin examines these changes and sounds a call to transform ethnographic writing in a manner befitting a new age. Denzin ponders the prospects, problems, and forms of ethnographic, interpretive writing as we hurtle toward the 21st century. In this breakthrough volume, he argues cogently and persuasively that postmodern ethnography is the moral discourse of the contemporary world and that ethnographers can and should explore new sorts of experiential texts--such as performance-based text, literary journalism, and narratives of the self--to form a new ethics of inquiry.

This outstanding volume by one of the premier qualitative researchers will be essential for professionals and students in qualitative methods, sociology, anthropology, communication, cultural studies, social theory, education, management, and nursing.

Lessons James Joyce Teaches Us
Visual Truth and the Ethnographic Project
The Standpoint Epistemologies
Performance Texts
The New Journalism
The Private Eye
Ethnographic Poetics and Narratives of the Self
Reading Narrative
The Sixth Moment

A useful text for getting to grips with Ethnography and making sense of using Interpretive Ethnography as a research method.

Mrs Lyz Howard
Department of Health, Health and Social Care Teaching Team
January 25, 2014

This is a beautifully written, creatively "performed" (esp. considering the date it was published -1997) account on new horizons of interpretive ethnographic practice. Denzin surfs between literature and cinema, theory and practice, poems and narratives to demonstrate performative nature of ethnography.

Professor Hakan Ergul
Communications , Hacettepe University
April 9, 2013

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