Reflexive Ethnography: A Guide to Researching Selves and Others / Edition 2

Reflexive Ethnography: A Guide to Researching Selves and Others / Edition 2

by Charlotte Aull Davies
     
 

Reflexive Ethnography is a unique guide to ethnographic research for students of anthropology and related disciplines. It provides practical and comprehensive guidance to ethnographic research methods, but also encourages students to develop a critical understanding of the philosophical basis of ethnographic authority.

Davies examines why reflexivity, at

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Reflexive Ethnography is a unique guide to ethnographic research for students of anthropology and related disciplines. It provides practical and comprehensive guidance to ethnographic research methods, but also encourages students to develop a critical understanding of the philosophical basis of ethnographic authority.

Davies examines why reflexivity, at both personal and broader cultural levels, should be integrated into ethnographic research and discusses how this can be accomplished for a variety of research methods. This revised and updated second edition includes:

  • a new chapter on internet-based research and ‘interethnography’
  • chapters on selection of topics and methods, data collection and analysis, and ethics and politics of research
  • practical advice on writing up ethnographic study
  • new and updated research examples.

Postmodernist relativism can lead to an over-emphasis on reflexivity that denies the possibility of social research. Reflexive Ethnography utilises postmodernist insights – incorporation of different standpoints, exposure of the intellectual tyranny of meta-narratives – but proposes that reflexive ethnographic research be undertaken from a realist perspective. Reflexive Ethnography will help students to use and understand ethnographic research practices that fully incorporate reflexivity without abandoning claims to develop valid knowledge of social reality.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415409018
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Series:
ASA Research Methods Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,192,014
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. IPreparations1
1Reflexivity and ethnographic research3
2Selecting topics and methods26
3Ethics and politics45
Pt. IIIn the field65
4Observing, participating67
5Interviewing94
6Using visual media117
7Structuring research: surveys, networks, cognitive analysis136
8Expanding the ethnographic present: documents, life histories, longitudinal studies156
9Researching selves: the uses of autobiography178
Pt. IIIMediations191
10Formalizing analysis193
11Writing up, concluding213
Bibliography230
Name index253
Subject index255

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