Mindful Ethnography: Mind, Heart and Activity for Transformative Social Research

1st Edition

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

Routledge
December 16, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 200 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138361041 - CAT# K396295

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Summary

Conjoining ethnography with mindfulness, this book aims to support the best aspects of ethnography by enhancing the capacity to listen more deeply, see more expansively, keep a check on our biases, and connect more compassionately with others. Ethnography, with all its limitations, has as its strongest impulse the quest to see and understand "others" on their own terms, and to step out of our own viewpoints in order to do so.

Mindful Ethnography addresses a central dilemma of ethnography: the relationship of self and other. It suggests ways of viewing the world from different perspectives, getting beyond the categories of our culture, and working with our own thoughts and feelings even as we aim to understand those of our participants. Chapters address various stages of ethnographic research: entering a field and seeing it for the first time; immersing in ongoing participant observation; writing up elaborate fieldnotes; analysis; the re-presentation of results; and letting it go. It offers illustrations and activities for researchers to try.

The book is aimed at students and researchers who are stepping into the craft of ethnography, or looking for new ways in and through ethnographic research. It is for researchers who want to integrate scholarship, social activism and spiritual pursuits in order to do research that is deeply engaged with and transformative of the world.

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