Institutional Ethnography: A Sociology for People / Edition 1

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Overview

Prominent sociologist Dorothy E. Smith outlines a method of inquiry that uses everyday experience as a lens to examine social relations and social institutions. Concerned with articulating an inclusive sociology that goes beyond looking at a particular group of people from the detached viewpoint of the researcher, this is a method of inquiry for people, incorporating the expert's research and language into everyday experience to examine social relations and institutions. The book begins by examining the foundations of institutional ethnography in women's movements, differentiating it from other related sociologies; the second part offers an ontology of the social; and the third illustrates this ontology through an array of institutional ethnography examples. This will be a foundational text for classes in sociology, ethnography, and women's studies.
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Editorial Reviews

British Journal Of Sociology
Attractive and refreshing. It does not linger on methodological debates discussing reflexivity, but attempts to provide — in Smith's words — a subject position for the critical knower. Clearly written, Institutional Ethnography stands out as a readable but challenging book.
British Journal of Sociology
Attractive and refreshing. It does not linger on methodological debates discussing reflexivity, but attempts to provide — in Smith's words — a subject position for the critical knower. Clearly written, Institutional Ethnography stands out as a readable but challenging book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759105027
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Series: Gender Lens Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 984,562
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Ch. 1 Women's standpoint : embodied knowing versus the ruling relations 7
Ch. 2 Knowing the social : an alternative design 27
Ch. 3 Designing an ontology for institutional ethnography 49
Ch. 4 Language as coordinating subjectivities 75
Ch. 5 Texts, text-reader conversations, and institutional discourse 101
Ch. 6 Experience as dialogue and data 123
Ch. 7 Work knowledges 145
Ch. 8 Texts and institutions 165
Ch. 9 Power, language, and institutions 183
Ch. 10 Where we've got to and where we can go 205
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