Critical Ethnography: Method, Ethics, and Performance / Edition 1

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"This book presents a fresh new look at critical ethnography by emphasizing the significance of ethics and performance in the art and politics of fieldwork. The productive links between theory and method are celebrated in this text. Theoretical concepts range from queer theory, feminist theory, and critical race theory to Marxism and phenomenology. The methodological techniques range from designing and asking in-depth interview questions to building and developing rapport and coding and interpreting data. The various theories and methods culminate in three fictional ethnographic case studies that "enact" the interdependence between theory and method and the significance of social theory, ethics, and performance." Critical Ethnography reaches out to students conducting field research. In particular, upper-division undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in ethnography, qualitative research methods, critical/cultural research methods, or advanced research methods will find this book to be of great value.
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Editorial Reviews

Amy Paul-Ward
"I would strongly recommend this book for use in any course that explores the role of critical analysis in research. For anthropology and gerontology students, this book thoughtfully discusses and teaches about trying to understand the meanings attributed by others in regard to their expertise. "
Amy Paul-Ward
"I would strongly recommend this book for use in any course that explores the role of critical analysis in research. For anthropology and gerontology students, this book thoughtfully discusses and teaches about trying to understand the meanings attributed by others in regard to their expertise."
Kristen Langellier
"Critical Ethnography is a passionate, wise, and wonderful book – even more commanding and evocative in its second edition, which adds new research examples, emerging moments in critical autoethnographies, and perfomative writing. In Madison’s vision, doing fieldwork seeps into and stretches out the lived world that we inhabit with others, a world where our studies make a difference to do more – or less — good for participants. She tells rich and layered stories as case studies of the bodies and dialogues and situations that anchor theoretical options, ethical choices, and consequential actions. This accessible and eminently teachable text presents pragmatic advice at the same time it probes complex dilemmas in doing critical ethnography. It does not offer simple solutions and easy exits but neither does it overwhelm and paralyze. Especially, it inspires possibilities for researching, writing, and performing ethnographic knowledge that can make a better world for all. Read it if you’re new to ethnography; read it if you’re seasoned. It can make a difference. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761929161
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

D. Soyini Madison is professor of Performance Studies and Anthropology, and served as Interim Director of the Program in African Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of Acts of Activism: Human Rights as Radical Performance (2010, Cambridge UP) and the co-editor with Judith Hamera of the SAGE Handbook of Performance Studies (2006, SAGE). Madison lived in West Africa as a Senior Fulbright Scholar and has conducted field research over the past ten years on the performance tactics of local human rights activists in Ghana.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction to critical ethnography : theory and method 1
2 Methods : "do I really need a method?" : a method ... or deep hanging-out 17
3 Three stories : case studies in critical ethnography 43
4 Ethics 79
5 Methods and ethics 109
6 Methods and application : three case studies in ethical dilemmas 131
7 Performance ethnography 149
8 It's time to write : writing as performance 181
9 The case studies 201
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