Doing Critical Ethnography / Edition 1

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Overview

In this volume, Thomas unites two traditions in social science - critical theory and qualitative research - in an attempt to apply a critical worldview to the conventional logic of cultural inquiry. Rather than standing in opposition to traditional ethnography, it offers a style of considering the direct relationship between knowledge, society, and political action. Thomas addresses the question: If the duty of the researcher entails the righting of social wrongs as well as producing valid research results, how is it possible to juxtapose the two goals? He defines the rules and guidelines for a praxis-oriented ethnographic tradition, one both ideologically engaged and scientifically valid. In addition, he outlines the various types of critical ethnography, explaining the tenets of each and how research can be carried out under these frameworks.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803939233
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Series: Qualitative Research Methods Series , #26
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Thomas continues to teach at NIU as adjunct professor. He also teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Thomas remains active in the NIU chapter of the American Correction Association, among other pursuits.

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Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction
Preface
1 Resisting Domestication 1
Critical and Conventional Ethnography 3
A Walk on the Wild Side 7
Contemporary Ethnography: A Culture-Studying Culture 10
Ideal Speech Acts and Repressive Communication 13
Ethnography as Science 16
2 Beginning to Think Critically 17
Critical Ethnography as Metaphor 19
Confronting "Value-Free" Facts 21
Variations on a Critical Theme 22
Marxian-Oriented Approaches 29
Conclusion 31
3 Implementing Critical Ethnography 33
Ontology 33
Selecting a Critical Topic 34
Methods 37
Interpretation and Analysis 43
Discourse 45
Reflection 46
Conclusion 47
4 Empirical Application 48
Prisoner Litigation and Existential Rebellion 48
The Violence of Racial Meanings in Prison Culture 51
In Defense of the Computer Underground 55
Conclusion 60
5 Conclusion: Tricks, Traps, and Moving Beyond 61
Traps and Tricks 62
Why Be Critical? 68
Conclusion 71
Epilogue 71
References 72
About the Author 83
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