Representation in Ethnography

Representation in Ethnography

by John Van Maanen
     
 

For the past decade the function of the ethnographer's work has been challenged. Ethnographic texts are now deconstructed for their origins, their biases and their literary devices, and the boundaries of the genre have been expanded through experiments in presentation.

This volume explores many of the dimensions of the representational challenge to contemporary

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Overview

For the past decade the function of the ethnographer's work has been challenged. Ethnographic texts are now deconstructed for their origins, their biases and their literary devices, and the boundaries of the genre have been expanded through experiments in presentation.

This volume explores many of the dimensions of the representational challenge to contemporary ethnography. The contributors, well-known scholars in their field, cover such topics as: fieldnotes; the role of description, narrative, humour and acknowledgements; the relationship between ethnography and other forms of writing; and alternative means of presenting ethnographic work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803971622
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
01/18/1995
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1An End to Innocence: The Ethnography of Ethnography1
2"Deja Entendu": The Liminal Qualities of Anthropological Fieldnotes36
3Making a Study "More Ethnographic"79
4Literary Journalism as Ethnography: Exploring the Excluded Middle112
5On Acknowledgments in Ethnographies130
6Humor in Ethnographic Writing: Sarcasm, Satire, and Irony as Voices in Erving Goffman's Asylums165
7Narrative and Sociology198
8Performing the Text222
9The Challenges of Postmodernism245
About the Authors273

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