Institutional Ethnography: A Sociology for People / Edition 1

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Prominent sociologist Dorothy 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: 1,318,805
  • 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

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I. Making a Sociology for People Part 3 Chapter 1. Women's Standpoint: Embodied Knowing versus the Ruling Relations Chapter 4 Women's Standpoint and the Ruling Relations Chapter 5 The Historical Trajectory of Gender and the Ruling Relations Part 6 Chapter 2. Knowing the Social: An Alternative Design Chapter 7 Reorganizing the Social Relations of Objectivity Chapter 8 What is Institutional Ethnography? Some Contrasts Chapter 9 Experience and the Ethnographic Problematic Chapter 10 Conclusion Part 11 Part II. An Ontology of the Social Part 12 Chapter 3. Designing an Ontology for Institutional Ethnography Chapter 13 An Ontology of the Social Chapter 14 Institutions, Language, and Texts Chapter 15 Conclusion Part 16 Chapter 4. Language As Coordinating Subjectivities Chapter 17 Reconceptualizing Language as Social Chapter 18 Experiential and Text-based Territories Chapter 19 Conclusion Part 20 Part III. Making Institutions Ethnographically Accessible Part 21 Chapter 5. Texts, Text-Reader Conversations, and Institutional Discourse Chapter 22 The Text-reader Conversation Chapter 23 The Text-reader Conversations of Institutional Discourse Chapter 24 Texts as Institutional Coordinators Chapter 25 Conclusion Part 26 Chapter 6. Experience as Dialogue and Data Chapter 27 Experience as Dialogue: The Problem Chapter 28 An alternative understanding of experience as dialogue Chapter 29 Experience, Language, and Social Organization Chapter 30 The Data Dialogues Chapter 31 Conclusion Part 32 Chapter 7. Work Knowledges Chapter 33 Work Knowledge of University Grades and Grading: A Mini- ethnography Chapter 34 Work Knowledge as the Institutional Ethnographer's Data Chapter 35 Work Knowledge Chapter 36 Assembling and Mapping Work Knowledges Chapter 37 The Problem of Institutional Capture Chapter 38 Conclusion Part 39 Chapter 8. Texts and Institutions Chapter 40 How Texts Coordinate Chapter 41 Conclusion Part 42 Chapter 9. Power, Language, and Institutions Chapter 43 Making Institutional Realities Chapter 44 Regulatory Frames Chapter 45 Conclusion Part 46 Conclusion Part 47 Chapter 10. Where We've Got to and Where We Can Go Chapter 48 Where We've Got To Chapter 49 Expansion Chapter 50 The Collective Work of Institutional Ethnography Part 51 Glossary Part 52 Reference List Part 53 Index Part 54 About the Author

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