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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In the decade since, however, we have mellowed, qualitative methods seem to have become a 'new orthodoxy' in human geography and, indeed, there is now talk of a backlash against them by those who bemoan the lack of number crunching ...
... 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.
Thus, it is important to note, the 'research communities' that we talk about throughout this book are as much fashioned as they are found through the process of researching them (Law and Urry 2004). 'SUBJECTIVE' CONCLUSIONS?
Here, it is a good idea to: • talk about what or who you plan to study with friends, family members, fellow students or faculty members (Tillman-Healy 2003), • contact appropriate governmental and non-governmental organisations, ...
the researcher may also be involved in creating a space in which participants are free to talk about the research topic. Again, much of the same types of advice apply as with seeking initial contacts, but even in the best organised ...