Contemporary Ethnographies: Moorings, Methods, and Keys for the Future, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Contemporary Ethnographies

Moorings, Methods, and Keys for the Future, 1st Edition

By Francisco Ferrándiz


272 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9780367483852
pub: 2020-06-02
SAVE ~$8.99
Available for pre-order. Item will ship after 2nd June 2020
Hardback: 9780367483838
pub: 2020-06-02
SAVE ~$31.00
Available for pre-order. Item will ship after 2nd June 2020

FREE Standard Shipping!


Contemporary Ethnographies is a call to use ethnography in imaginative ways, adjusting to rapidly evolving social circumstances. The book is based on a reflexive and theoretically grounded exploration of the author’s two main research projects – the study of the spiritist possession cult of María Lionza in Venezuela, and the analysis of the contemporary exhumation of Civil War (1936-1939) mass graves in contemporary Spain. Ferrándiz critically reviews the labyrinthine and continuous transforming nature of ethnographic engagement. He defends both the need for methodological rigour and the astounding flexibility of ethnography to adjust in creative ways to shifting realities in a dynamic world – a world in which research scenarios multiply, social actors are on the move (physically or digitally), violences proliferate, new technologies are transforming the experience and perception of human life, and the demand, production, circulation and consumption of knowledge is greatly diversified, overshadowing former well established and more hierarchical patterns of diffusion. The book is conceived of as a historically grounded open debate, providing as many certainties as moments of unpredictability and unresolved dilemmas. It is valuable reading for students and scholars interested in ethnographic methods and anthropological theory.

Table of Contents


1.1. Starting out

1.2. On ethnography 1.3. Scientific, hermeneutic and collaborative paradigms in anthropology 1.4. Brief history of fieldwork methods in anthropology and some classic examples


2.1. Designing the research

2.2. Fieldwork as a methodological situation

2.3. Where to go?

2.4. Landings

2.5. Considering participant observation

2.6. Oninformants or interlocutors

2.7. Conversing, listening, interviewing and keeping quiet

2.8. Stories and itineraries of the body

2.9. Ethnography, audio-visual techniques and media, and new digital ecologies

2.10. Farewell to the field

2.11. Writing ethnography


3.1. Globalization: evolving research scenarios

3.2. Walking the tight rope: transnational research and ‘multi-sited’ ethnography

3.3. The ethnography of shock: violence, conflict, and social suffering

3.3.1. From everyday violence…

3.3.2. …to postconflict research

About the Author

Francisco Ferrándiz is a tenured senior researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, Spain). He has a Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology from UC Berkeley. He has been actively engaged in public anthropology and the analysis of both grassroots and institutional memory politics in Spain and Europe. He is co-editor of Necropolitics: Mass Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights (2015).

About the Series

Theorizing Ethnography

Concept, Context, Critique

The Theorizing Ethnography book series seeks to reorient ethnographic engagements across disciplines, methods and ways of knowing. By focusing on ethnography as a point of tension between abstract thinking and situated life-worlds, the series promotes ethnographic method and writing as an analytical form that is always partial, open-ended and epistemologically querying.

Theorizing Ethnography employs 'concept', 'context' and 'critique' as devices to stimulate creative ethnographic thinking that transects lines of analysis and location. We publish work that reaches beyond academic, political and life-world divisions, and as such the series fosters contributions from across socially and critically engaged fields of practice. We welcome proposals for single-authored and multi-authored full-length monographs, as well as high quality edited volumes of disciplinary and trans-disciplinary resonance.

Possible themes include:
• The politics of knowledge, cultures of classification and borders of being
• Traffic in situated forms of knowledge and meta-theory
• Nature-cultures, emergent ecologies, and interspecies thinking
• Subjectivities, desires, and aspirations
• Materiality, infrastructures, futures
• Relations, sedimentation, emergence
• Queer, feminist, decolonial and otherwise critical ethnographies


Elisabeth L. Engebretsen: [email protected]
E.J. Gonzalez-Polledo: [email protected]
Silvia Posocco: [email protected]

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General