Ethnographic Research: A Reader

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Ethnographic Research: A Reader presents in a single volume a selection of ten recently published studies intended to illustrate the variety of social research which is currently being conducted within the ethnographic tradition. Together with an accompanying editorial introduction and a carefully selected range of Guided Reading Exercises, this text should provide students with solid grounding of the different underlying assumptions, researchers' positions, methods of data collection and theoretical approaches within this broadly defined research tradition. The collection includes research from a range of different countries (Britain, The USA, Australia, Lebanon and India) and studies from a multitude of disciplines and contexts inc

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In a reader that is part of an Open U. (UK) masters course, ten contributed chapters published between 1995 and 2000 exemplify recent research trends in ethnography. Topics as diverse as drug-taking subcultures, gendered identity, workplace sexual harassment, the consumption of cultural products, and humor as resistance to professional dominance in mental health teams illustrate the focus on "lived experience within the social"; recent theoretical treatment of change without resorting to simplistic models; and interpretation issues in qualitative research. Includes guided reading exercises on the chapters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Stephanie Taylor is a lecturer in social psychology in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University.

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Table of Contents

Researching the social: an introduction to ethnographic research 1
Pt. I At society's margins 13
1 Respect at work: 'Going legit' 15
2 Policing and public health: law enforcement and harm minimization in a street-level drug market 36
Pt. II Gendered Identities 65
3 'Not as nice as she was supposed to be': schoolgirls' friendships 67
4 'One of the boys': black masculinity and the peer group 91
Pt. III Workplace practices 113
5 Manufacturing sexual subjects: 'harassment', desire and discipline on a Maquiladora shopfloor 115
6 Distributed cognition in an airline cockpit 138
Pt. IV The consumption of cultural products 159
7 Tourists at the Taj Mahal: walking and gazing 161
8 The global, the local, and the hybrid: a native ethnography of glocalization 187
Pt. V Working to provide medical services 211
9 Humour as resistance to professional dominance in community mental health teams 213
10 Openness and specialisation: dealing with patients in a hospital emergency service 234
Guided reading exercises 264
Index 271
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