2nd Edition

Methods for the Ethnography of Communication Language in Use in Communities

By Judith Kaplan-Weinger Copyright 2025
    168 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    168 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Methods for the Ethnography of Communication is a guide to conducting ethnographic research in classroom and community settings that introduces students to the field of ethnography of communication and takes them through the recursive and nonlinear cycle of ethnographic research.

    This brand-new edition includes the most up to date research as the authors introduce the innovative CULTURES framework to provide a helpful structure for moving through the complex process of collecting and analysing ethnographic data and address the larger “how-to” questions that students struggle with when undertaking ethnographic research. Exercises and activities help students make the connection between communicative events, acts, and situations and ways of studying them ethnographically.

    Integrating a primary focus on language in use within an ethnographic framework makes this book an invaluable core text for courses on ethnography of communication and related areas in a variety of disciplines.




    Chapter 1: The Ethnography of Communication

    Chapter 2: What We Do When We Do the Ethnography of Communication

    Chapter 3: CULTURES: A Framework for Doing the Ethnography of Communication

    Chapter 4: Compile your Knowledge

    Chapter 5: Undertake Observation, Interviewing, and Artifact Analysis

    Chapter 6: Locate Patterns

    Chapter 7: Trace Patterns

    Chapter 8: Undertake Ideologies

    Chapter 9: Review with Participants

    Chapter 10: Evaluate and Interpret

    Chapter 11: Share Implications


    Appendix: Fieldnotes from an Ethnography of Communication of Docentry



    Judith Kaplan-Weinger is Professor Emeritus in the Linguistics at Northeastern Illinois University, faculty in Communication at Loyola University of Chicago, and faculty in Education at Dominican University.

    Erin Marks holds a Master of Arts in Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. They have experience guiding university students with reading, writing, research, and testing strategies. Erin's research on autistic community discourse and on social media in politics has been presented at conferences internationally.