Ethnography: A Way of Seeing

Ethnography: A Way of Seeing

by Harry F. Wolcott University of Oregon; (d. 2012)

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ISBN-13: 9780759111684
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Harry F. Wolcott (1929-2012) was professor emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon and a leading author in anthropology and research methods. Wolcott's major works include anthropological studies of American education: Teachers Versus Technocrats and The Man in the Principal's Office: An Ethnography. He also wrote extensively on fieldwork and writing: Transforming Qualitative Data; The Art of Fieldwork; Ethnography: A Way of Seeing; and Writing Up Qualitative Data and is the author of the more recent Sneaky Kid and Its Aftermath: Ethics and Intimacy in Fieldwork (all published by AltaMira Press).

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition     xi
Introduction     1
Where We've Been
Ethnography in the Good Old Days     11
Where in the World Do You Think You Are Going?     15
The Problem of Where? A Personal Account     16
In Place of Place     21
Keeping Ethnography in Perspective     28
A Watershed: Spradley and McCurdy's The Cultural Experience     32
Where Do You Think You Are Going?     36
A Way of Looking and a Way of Seeing
Ethnography as a Way of Looking     43
Participant Observation-The Catch-All Label     46
Experiencing, Enquiring, and Examining     48
Experiencing: Distinguishing between Observers and Participant Observers     50
Enquiring: When Researchers Ask     54
Examining: Archival Strategies     62
The Appeal of an Ethnographic Approach to Research     65
Ethnography as a Way of Seeing     69
Ethnography as More Than Method     71
Following the Ethnographic Tradition in Anthropology     72
What Is an Ethnographic Question?     73
The Scale of the Ethnographic Project     76
Great Expectations or Mission Impossible?     79
On Finding DifferenceEnough     80
Attributing Culture     82
More Expectations     83
On Getting Enough Detail     84
A Cross-Cultural Perspective     88
Ethnography as Idiosyncratic     94
The Ethnographer's Task     95
Culture and Ethnography Under Siege     100
Ethnographic Applications
Traditional Ethnography and Ethnographic Tradition     105
Ethnography by the Numbers     108
Replicating or Adapting an Existing Model     111
Combining Features from Several Models     115
Working from a Standard Plan     118
Proposing One's Own Set of Categories     121
Other Alternatives     126
The Introductory Text as Informal Field Guide     127
A Modular Approach     131
Getting a Start and Building On Later     132
Meeting Ethnographic Criteria the Low-Risk Way     133
Ethnography from Inside Out     137
How Critical Is "Difference" in Doing Ethnography?     139
Emic and Etic     141
Insiders and Outsiders     143
The Ethnographer Tells the Story of a People     145
The Anthropological Life History     150
Working with One Informant     156
The Ethnographer Helps People Tell Their Story     158
The Ethnographic Autobiography     159
The People Tell Their Own Story     160
The Difficulties with Native Ethnography     164
The Native Goes Anthropologist     169
Coda     171
Ethnographic Matters
Hurried Ethnography for Harried Ethnographers     177
How Having Too Much Time Can Work Against the Ethnographer     178
Working Within Rigorous Time Constraints     181
Ethnographic Reconnaissance     187
Incorporating Ethnographic Reconnaissance as a Research Strategy     190
Systematic Data Collection     195
Stepwise Research     198
Ethnography's Many Faces     201
Ethnographic Fiction: The Don Juan Capers     202
Ethnographic Fiction: A Broader Look     206
Taking the "Ethnographic Approach"     208
Ethnographic Evaluation     209
An Attractive Appendage to Other Fields     210
Autoethnography     211
So Far     212
Does It Matter Whether or Not It's Ethnography?     215
Seven Reasons Why It Matters     217
Can You Do Ethnography Without Embracing the Culture Concept?     225
Ethnography as a Piece of Cake     227
Analogy to the Rescue, One More Time     230
Essential Ingredients and Ethnography     231
Writing with Culture     239
Cultural Patterning     244
Culture Revisited     246
A Piece of Cake?     252
Writing Ethnography     255
Getting Started     256
The Editing Process     260
Care and Feeding of Budding Authors     261
A Few Pointers on Writing     261
You and the Computer     262
Editing for Publication: Surprise, Surprise     263
End of the Line     264
Ethnography Matters: Looking Ahead, Looking Back     265
Ethnographic Futures and the Future of Ethnography     266
Ethnography in the Professional Career     271
Ethnography as Occupation and Preoccupation     277
Everybody an Ethnographer?     280
The "Ethics" Shadow     282
References and Select Bibliography     291
Name Index     325
Subject Index     331
About the Author/About the Book     337

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