Ethnography: A Way of Seeing / Edition 2

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One of anthropology's leading writers on ethnographic methods, Harry F. Wolcott, discusses the fundamental nature of ethnographic studies. Tracing its development from its disciplinary origins in sociology and anthropology, he points out what is distinctive about ethnography and what it means to conduct research in the ethnographic tradition. In this engaging and thought-provoking book, Wolcott distinguishes ethnography as more than just a set of field methods and practices, separating it from many related qualitative research traditions as "a way of seeing" through the lens of culture. For both beginning and experienced ethnographers in a wide range of disciplines, Wolcott's book will provide important ideas for improving research practice.

About the Author:
Harry F. Wolcott is professor emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon

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Editorial Reviews

Peter Demerath
This second edition draws readers closer to Wolcott’s vision of the interpretive stance that underlies ethnography. In an era when ethnographers may be challenged to articulate how their work contributes to different kinds of knowledge, this book shows the way.
December 2008 H-Afrarts
This casual yet informed synthesis, written in an egaging style, is what sets Wolcott's book apart from the humdrum of texts that discuss methods formally, often in a staccato, bland, and abstracted tone, usually detatched from application....Wolcott's excursion is a wonderful raft ride through the flows, eddies, and rapids of anthropological experience that is always theoretically informed.
Douglas Foley
My students are always impressed with Wolcott's engaging writing style, wit, and no nonsense approach to fieldwork. Ethnography: A Way of Seeing highlights the importance of creativity and common sense in doing fieldwork.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759111691
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry F. Wolcott (1929-2012) was professor emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon and a leading author in anthropology and research methods. Wolcott's major works include anthropological studies of American education: Teachers Versus Technocrats and The Man in the Principal's Office: An Ethnography. He also wrote extensively on fieldwork and writing: Transforming Qualitative Data; The Art of Fieldwork; Ethnography: A Way of Seeing; and Writing Up Qualitative Data and is the author of the more recent Sneaky Kid and Its Aftermath: Ethics and Intimacy in Fieldwork (all published by AltaMira Press).

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introduction 9
Ch. 1 Ethnography in the Good Old Days 9
Ch. 2 Where in the World Do You Think You Are Going? 19
Pt. 2 A Way of Looking and a Way of Seeing 41
Ch. 3 Ethnography as a Way of Looking 41
Ch. 4 Ethnography as a Way of Seeing 65
Pt. 3 Representing and Presenting Human Social Life 101
Ch. 5 Traditional Ethnography and Ethnographic Tradition 101
Ch. 6 Ethnography from Inside Out 131
Ch. 7 A Widening Circle of Ethnographic Practices 169
Pt. 4 The Bigger Picture 197
Ch. 8 Hurried Ethnography for Harried Ethnographers 197
Ch. 9 Does It Matter Whether or Not It's Ethnography? 219
Ch. 10 Ethnography as a Piece of Cake 241
Ch. 11 Living the Ethnographic Life 265
References and Select Bibliography 291
Name Index 319
Subject Index 325
Acknowledgments 333
About the Author/About the Book 335
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