Doing Ethnographies is an introductory and applied guide to ethnographic methods. It focuses on those methods - participant observation, interviewing, focus groups, and video/photographic work - that allow us to understand the lived, everyday world.
Informed by the authors′ fieldwork experience, the book covers the relation between theory, practice and writing, and demonstrates how methods work in the field, so preparing the first-time ethnographer for the loss of control and direction often experienced.
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Rather, it is intended to serve as a guide to preparing for the sorts of issues and methods which have to be considered throughout an ethnographic project (with its inevitable constraints of time and money).
... happen the way that they had planned them 'in the field' during that second stage. Those who they expect to talk to and what they expect to find doesn't happen as planned and, often, more interesting issues unexpectedly appear.
So, in the following pages we outline a series of issues that, we hope, will help prospective researchers to more effectively prepare for, revise and complete their research. We discuss, first, how subjectivities can be conceptualised; ...
Like the linear read-then-do-then-write model we oppose, our book could be read as set of issues to consider one after the other; the initial section focuses on getting ready for research, the second on constructing ethnographic ...
Our intention in this section, then, is to argue that, in using ethnographic methods, it is an extremely good idea for the prospective researcher to incorporate social and cultural theories which will allow her/him to take these issues ...