Ethnography in Social Science Practice

1st Edition

Julie Scott-Jones, Sal Watt

Published March 25, 2010
Textbook - 216 Pages
ISBN 9780415543491 - CAT# Y102024

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Ethnography in Social Science Practice explores ethnography’s increasing use across the social sciences, beyond its traditional bases in social anthropology and sociology. It explores the disciplinary roots of ethnographic research within social anthropology, and contextualizes it within both field and disciplinary settings.

The book is of two parts: Part one places ethnography as a methodology in its historical, ethical and disciplinary context, and also discusses the increasing popularity of ethnography across the social sciences. Part two explores the stages of ethnographic research via a selection of multidisciplinary case studies. A number of key questions are explored:

  • What exactly is ethnographic research and what makes it different from other qualitative approaches?
  • Why did ethnography emerge within one social science discipline and not others?
  • Why did its adoption across the social sciences prove problematic?
  • What are the methodological advantages and disadvantages of doing ethnographic research?
  • Why are ethnographers so concerned by issues of ethics, politics, representation and power?
  • What does ethnography look like within different social science disciplines?

The book is aimed at social science students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and each chapter has pedagogic features, including reflective activities and suggested further readings for students.


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