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Ethnographic Research and Analysis

Anxiety, Identity and Self

Editors: Vine, T., Clark, J., Richards, S., Weir, D. (Eds.)

  • Promotes a transdisciplinary approach for ethnographic research
  • Reframes long standing ethnographic discussions, such as those concerning positionality and reflexivity
  • Demonstrates the value and versatility of ethnography as a research method
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About this book

This book reflects on the contemporary use of ethnography across both social and natural sciences, focusing in particular on organizational ethnography, autoethnography, and the role of storytelling. The chapters interrogate and reframe longstanding ethnographic discussions, including those concerning reflexivity and positionality, while exploring evolving themes such as the experiential use of technologies. The open and honest accounts presented in the volume explore the perennial anxieties, doubts and uncertainties of ethnography. Rather than seek ways to mitigate these ‘inconvenient’ but inevitable aspects of academic research, the book instead finds significant value to these experiences. 

Taking the position that collections of ethnographic work are better presented as transdisciplinary bricolage rather than as discipline-specific series, each chapter in the collection begins with a reflection on the existing impact and character of ethnographic research within the author’s native discipline. The book will appeal to all academic researchers with an interest in qualitative methods, as well as to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students.

About the authors

Tom Vine is a senior lecturer at the University of Suffolk, UK. He leads a suite of MBA programmes at Suffolk Business School where he actively encourages his students to engage with a diverse range of scholarly research beyond the realm of business studies. He is also committed to expanding hitherto marginalised research methodologies in his field. Jessica Clark is a senior lecturer at the University of Suffolk, UK. She is a sociologist publishing in the fields of children's sexual cultures, contemporary boyhoods, children and popular culture and methodological issues in research with children.
Sarah Richards is a senior lecturer at the University of Suffolk, UK, where she teaches childhood and youth studies. She publishes in the field of social policy with particular reference to  intercountry adoption policy and adoption narratives. Her recent publications focus on interrogating research methodologies with children.

David Weir is Professor of Intercultural Management at York St John University, UK. He teaches intercultural management and has published widely on organizational culture in the MENA countries and written in a variety of ethnographic styles. 

Reviews

“I read the groundbreaking anthology with great interest. It captures a suspicion of mine. You cannot understand Being-in-the-world of doing organizational ethnography without also going deep into the inner space-time of your own auto ethnographic journey. It takes a double journey (inward and outward), otherwise it’s just creating more duality, avoidance of our own life of anxiety. Somehow the outer story-telling and the untold inner story must come into relationship in our qualitative methods.” (David Boje, New Mexico State University, USA)

“This book derives  from  a multidisciplinary conference whose contributors  applied ethnographic methods in widely different  venues. We gain  insights  from  sociology, social psychology, social policy management and philosophy - in  both normative and commercial contexts. The book therefore offers rich bases for comparison  allowing an editorial focus on established practices and accepted problems in some disciplines and facilitating application to others. It is  thus well set to present the personal dilemmas that ethnography inevitably presents - (hence the book’s subtitle) and to offer mutual learning from divergent experience. The result is a rich collection of variations that could easily have produced an uncoordinated mishmash. This has been avoided by the skillful editing of its disparate  inputs - all united by a demonstrated regard for ethnography.  The result is a contribution to social science that should rightfully set  ethnography at the centre of social science endeavour.” (Gerald Mars, UCL, UK)

“Tom Vine and colleagues have produced a genuinely thought-provoking contribution to the literature on contemporary ethnographic research. This innovative analysis of the varied uses of ethnography in social research is highly recommended for students and academics alike. Rich in concepts and intellectual reflection, this is an engaging book that those interested in the “ethnographic turn” will love.” (John Hassard, University of Manchester, UK)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Vine, Tom (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Home-Grown Exoticism? Identity Tales from a New Age Intentional Community

    Vine, Tom

    Pages 13-36

  • Wrestling with Online Avatars: Technology and Sexual Transformation

    Driscoll-Evans, Paul

    Pages 37-52

  • Chóng ér fēi: Cultural Performances of Belonging in Intercountry Adoptive Families

    Richards, Sarah

    Pages 53-76

  • Ethnographic Practices of Listening

    Boggis, Allison

    Pages 77-96

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58555-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58554-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ethnographic Research and Analysis
Book Subtitle
Anxiety, Identity and Self
Editors
  • Tom Vine
  • Jessica Clark
  • Sarah Richards
  • David Weir
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58555-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58555-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58554-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 315
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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