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How to Read Ethnography

2nd Edition

By Paloma Gay y Blasco, Huon Wardle


240 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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How to Read Ethnography is an essential guide to approaching anthropological texts. It helps students to cultivate the skills they need to critically examine and understand how ethnographies are built up, as well as to think anthropologically and develop an anthropological imagination of their own. The authors reveal how ethnographically-informed anthropology plays a distinctive and valuable role in comprehending the complexity of the world we live in.

This fully revised second edition includes fresh excerpts from key texts for analysis and comparison along with lucid explanations. In addition to concerns with argument, authority, and the relationship between theory and data, the book engages with the purpose, value, and accountability of ethnographic texts, as well as with their reception and usage. A brand new chapter looks at the kinds of collaboration between informants/consultants and anthropologists that go into the making of ethnographic writing.

Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition

Introduction: The concerns and distinctiveness of ethnography

1. Comparison: the ethnographic outlook

2. People in context

3. Relationships and meanings

4. Narrating the immediate

5. Ethnography as argument

6. Authors and authority

7. Taking a stance: theories for a changing world

8. Informants, interlocutors, collaborators

Conclusion: Ethnography in the human conversation: a final remark

About the Authors

Paloma Gay y Blasco is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of St. Andrews, UK.

Huon Wardle is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Director of the Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies at the University of St. Andrews, UK.

Subject Categories

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