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Representation in Ethnography

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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.

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Contributing to the self-analysis of a discipline that no longer claims to describe cultures objectively, nine essays explore the representational challenges facing ethnography from such perspectives as fieldnotes, description, narrative, humor, acknowledgements, relationships to other forms of writing, and presenting ethnographic work in media besides writing. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803971622
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/18/1995
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Van Maanen holds a BA in political science from California State University, Long Beach, as well as an MS in social administration and a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Irvine.
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Table of Contents

1 An End to Innocence: The Ethnography of Ethnography 1
2 "Deja Entendu": The Liminal Qualities of Anthropological Fieldnotes 36
3 Making a Study "More Ethnographic" 79
4 Literary Journalism as Ethnography: Exploring the Excluded Middle 112
5 On Acknowledgments in Ethnographies 130
6 Humor in Ethnographic Writing: Sarcasm, Satire, and Irony as Voices in Erving Goffman's Asylums 165
7 Narrative and Sociology 198
8 Performing the Text 222
9 The Challenges of Postmodernism 245
About the Authors 273
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