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Mapping Social Relations

Mapping Social Relations

by Campbell
     
 

Published Under the Garamond Imprint

Available in the US through AltaMira Press.

This is a book about a distinctive methodological approach inspired by one of Canada's most respected scholars, Dorothy Smith. Institutional ethnography aims to answer questions about how everyday life is organized. What is conventionally understood as "the relationship of micro

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Published Under the Garamond Imprint

Available in the US through AltaMira Press.

This is a book about a distinctive methodological approach inspired by one of Canada's most respected scholars, Dorothy Smith. Institutional ethnography aims to answer questions about how everyday life is organized. What is conventionally understood as "the relationship of micro to macro processes" is, in institutional ethnography, conceptualized and explored in terms of ruling relations. The authors suggest that institutional ethnographers must adopt a particular research stance, one that recognizes that people's own knolwedge and ways of knowing are crucial elements of social action and thus of social analysis. Specific attention to text analysis is integral to the approach.

Institutional ethnography is remarkably well-suited to the human service curriculum and the training of professionals and activists. Its strategy for learning how to understand problems existing in everyday life appeals to many researchers who are looking for guidance on how to take practical action. At the same time, the highly elaborated theoretical foundation of institutional ethnography is difficult to deal with in the brief time most students are in the classroom. The authors successfully tackle the issue of teaching and applying institutional ethnography. Campbell and Gregor have been testing out instructional methods and materials for many years. Mapping Social Relations is the product of that effort.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442601192
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition

What People are saying about this

Nancy Jackson

Mapping Social Relations makes an enormous contribution... the authors have achieved a remarkable degree of clarity in a complex and challenging field.

William K. Carroll

This book makes accessible, to students and practitioners, one of the most incisive and revealing methodologies that sociology has to offer. It is clearly written, peppered with highly instructive examples, and firmly grounded in critical social analysis.

Meet the Author

Marie Campbell is a professor in the faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

Frances Gregor is an associate professor in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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