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:
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.
Part 1: Thinking Through Ethnography 1. Introductions, Julie Scott Jones 2. Origins and Ancestors: A Brief History of Ethnography, Julie Scott Jones 3. Being Really There and Really Aware: Ethics, Politics and Representation, Helen Jones 4. 'But it's got no tables or graphs in it…' A Legacy of Scientific Dominance in Psychology, Sal Watt Part 2: Ethnography in Context 5. Sense and Sensibility in Interdisciplinary Work: Designing and Planning Applied Ethnography, Dave Randall and Mark Rouncefield 6. Accessing Inside: Ethical Dilemmas and Pragmatic Compromises, Wendy Laverick 7. Understanding Children's Educational Experiences Through Image Based Research, Anna Graham and Rosemary Kilpatrick 9. Between Partisan and Fake, Walking the Path of the Insider: Empowerment and Voice in Ethnography, John E. Goldring 10. Observing with a Focus: Field Notes and Data Recording, Clive Palmer 11. Making Sense of it all: Analyzing Ethnographic Data, Julie Scott Jones and Sal Watt 12. The Final Stage? Writing Up Ethnographic Research, Duncan Light 13. Leaving the Field: A Reflexive Journey, Sal Watt