Diffractive Ethnography: Social Sciences and the Ontological Turn

1st Edition

Jessica Smartt Gullion

Routledge
Published April 30, 2018
Reference - 172 Pages - 3 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138486638 - CAT# K349494

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Summary

Across intellectual disciplines, the ontological turn is restructuring how we think about our relationships with the natural world. Influenced by the seemingly disparate realms of indigenous philosophy and quantum physics, the turn invites us to think about intra-actions and assemblages of human and nonhuman entities.

This raises epistemological questions about how we know about the world, and spotlights some of the problems with how we currently do conventional social science research. Diffractive Ethnography invites social scientists to consider alternate methodologies that account for the complexity of human behavior situated in larger environmental contexts.

For both novice and experienced researchers, this thought-provoking book opens new ways of thinking about methodology and raises questions about the ethical and justice orientations of our work.

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