Ethnography

A Theoretically Oriented Practice

Editors: Matera, Vincenzo, Biscaldi, Angela (Eds.)

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  • Covers the state of the art and subjects of debate in the history of ethnography and in the role of ethnography for anthropological knowledge
  • Provides insight into the ethnographic tradition in the USA, UK, France, and Italy
  • Draws connections between ethnographic traditions to explore some of the most prevalent trends in anthropological theory and practice
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This volume presents both a historical exploration of ethnography and a thematic discussion of major trends that, over different periods, have oriented and re-oriented research practice. As it overviews ethnography from different geographic and thematic perspectives, it further explores new lines of ethnographic research, including as feminist ethnography and visual research, that uncover non-traditional routes to anthropological knowledge.

As the great ethnographer E. E. Evans-Pritchard wrote, “Anyone who is not a complete idiot can do fieldwork… but will [his contribution] be to theoretical, or just to factual knowledge?” As Evans-Pritchard highlights and as this book argues, successful ethnography must be connected to  a sophisticated theoretical reflection rooted in social and cultural anthropology.

About the authors

Vincenzo Matera is Full Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology in the Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Bologna (Ravenna Campus), Italy. 

Angela Biscaldi is Associate Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology in the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milano, Italy.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)
  • Ethnography: A Theoretically Oriented Practice Introduction

    Pages 1-18

    Matera, Vincenzo (et al.)

  • Ethnography Before Ethnography: Genesis and Developments of Fieldwork in North America

    Pages 21-49

    Alliegro, Enzo Vinicio

  • Before and After Science: Radcliffe-Brown, British Social Anthropology, and the Relationship Between Field Research, Ethnography, and Theory

    Pages 51-80

    Mancuso, Alessandro

  • “Ethnography in France”: Ethnographic Practices and Theories in Marcel Griaule Between the Empirical and Rhetorical

    Pages 81-101

    Biscaldi, Angela (et al.)

  • The Structural Formula of the Team: Reflections on Ernesto de Martino’s Ethnographic Method

    Pages 103-125

    Pizza, Giovanni

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ethnography
Book Subtitle
A Theoretically Oriented Practice
Editors
  • Vincenzo Matera
  • Angela Biscaldi
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-51720-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-51720-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-51719-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 429
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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