Mindful Ethnography: Mind, Heart and Activity for Transformative Social Research, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Mindful Ethnography

Mind, Heart and Activity for Transformative Social Research, 1st Edition

By Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

Routledge

200 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781138361041
pub: 2019-12-16
Available for pre-order. Item will ship after 16th December 2019
$47.95
x
Hardback: 9781138361027
pub: 2019-12-16
Available for pre-order. Item will ship after 16th December 2019
$155.00
x


FREE Standard Shipping!

Description

Conjoining ethnography with mindfulness, this book aims to support the best aspects of ethnography by enhancing the capacity to listen more deeply, see more expansively, keep a check on our biases, and connect more compassionately with others. Ethnography, with all its limitations, has as its strongest impulse the quest to see and understand "others" on their own terms, and to step out of our own viewpoints in order to do so.

Mindful Ethnography addresses a central dilemma of ethnography: the relationship of self and other. It suggests ways of viewing the world from different perspectives, getting beyond the categories of our culture, and working with our own thoughts and feelings even as we aim to understand those of our participants. Chapters address various stages of ethnographic research: entering a field and seeing it for the first time; immersing in ongoing participant observation; writing up elaborate fieldnotes; analysis; the re-presentation of results; and letting it go. It offers illustrations and activities for researchers to try.

The book is aimed at students and researchers who are stepping into the craft of ethnography, or looking for new ways in and through ethnographic research. It is for researchers who want to integrate scholarship, social activism and spiritual pursuits in order to do research that is deeply engaged with and transformative of the world.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Boxes

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1:Conceptual Framings: Ethnography, Epistemology, Mindfulness and Non-Duality

Interlude I: Holding the Weight of the Analytical Mind Lightly

Chapter 2: Entering the Field with Open Heart and Mind

Interlude II: Feeling the "Suchness" of a Space

Chapter 3: Getting In and Along: Connecting with Clarity and Compassion

Interlude III: Revisiting a City Corner

Chapter 4: Being there Now, Again: Writing Up Field Notes

Interlude IV: Pause

Chapter 5: Analysis: Let it Settle Itself

Interlude V: On the Writing of this Book

Chapter 6: Re-Presentations

Interlude VI: Meditations on Writing: Connecting Mind, Heart and Earth

Chapter 7: Letting Go

About the Author

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, Associate Director of the Center for the Study of International Migration and Director of Faculty for the Teacher Education Program. Her ethnographic research centers on the immigrant youth in urban schools and communities.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC024000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Research