Institutional Ethnography As Practice

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Overview

In this edited collection, institutional ethnographers draw on their field research experiences to address different aspects of institutional ethnographic practice. As institutional ethnography embraces the actualities of people's experiences and lives, the contributors utilize their research to reveal how institutional relations and regimes are organized. As a whole, the book aims to provide readers with an accurate overview of what it is like to practice institutional ethnography, as well as the main varieties of approaches involved in the research.

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Editorial Reviews

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This collection examines institutional ethnography as a theoretical perspective and methodological approach for developing and understanding of complex social structure as it is perceived by and impacts the individual, with a focus on organizations that address social problems. Recommended. Libraries serving sociology, social work, or women's studies departments that offer advanced degrees.
British Journal Of Sociology
This collection provides a valuable and readable introduction to the work of doing IE.
Nancy Naples
This is an extraordinary text that should be read by all scholars, students and activists who are interested in exploring how the social world is put together. Taken together, the chapters provide a comprehensive methodological road map for designing research that starts in people's actual experiences to reveal how ruling relations organize everyday life. Smith has gathered together the best practitioners of institutional ethnography to help bring her feminist methodology to life. This insightful and accessible collection offers inspiration and practical advice to all who yearn for a sociology that can make a difference in people's lives.
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This collection examines institutional ethnography as a theoretical perspective and methodological approach for developing and understanding of complex social structure as it is perceived by and impacts the individual, with a focus on organizations that address social problems. Recommended. Libraries serving sociology, social work, or women's studies departments that offer advanced degrees.
British Journal of Sociology
This collection provides a valuable and readable introduction to the work of doing IE.
Tim May
With its focus upon lived experiences within relations of ruling, Institutional Ethnography as Practice offers a distinctive and highly valuable perspective on the constitution of social life. This collection, which deserves to be read by social researchers in general, advances our understanding through accounts of the experiences and results of those who have been inspired by its practices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742546769
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorothy E. Smith is professor emerita in Sociology & Equity Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and adjunct professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Institutional ethnography : using interviews to investigate ruling relations 15
3 "Where did you get the fur coat, Fern?" : participant observation in institutional ethnography 45
4 Incorporating texts into ethnographic practice 65
5 Institutional ethnography and experience as data 91
6 Keeping the institution in view : working with interview accounts of everyday experience 109
7 Constructing single parent families for schooling : discovering an institutional discourse 127
8 Mapping institutions as work and texts 139
9 A research proposal 165
10 Making the institution ethnographically accessible : UN document production and the transformation of experience 181
11 U.S. legal interventions in the lives of battered women : an indigenous assessment 199
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