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Edited by: Alan Bryman

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2001 |
    • Online Publication Date: April 03, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446261576 |
    • Print ISBN: 9780761970910 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446261576 |
    • Series: SAGE Benchmarks in Research Methods |
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Ethnography is one of the most discussed research methods in the social sciences. This outstanding collection brings together some landmark contributions by key figures such as Geertz, Denzin, Whyte, Emerson and Atkinson and Delamont, and a wide variety of issues in the field. It provides a complete guide to the methods, significance and contribution of ethnography and will be an invaluable resource for scholars and students.

Volume 1: The Nature of Ethnography

This volume explores the roots of ethnography in Anthropology and Sociology. Contributions include: G W Stocking on the fieldwork tradition in British anthropology from Tyler to Malinowski; Edmund Leach on the roots and future of tribal ethnography; Boas on methods of ethnology; E E Evans Pritchard on the practice of fieldwork; Wax on Malinowski; James ...

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  • Introduction: A Review of Ethnography


    What is Ethnography?

    It is customary to begin an introduction to a collection such as this one with a definition, even if it is not the author's own. However, indicating what ethnography is and is not is no easy matter, although the following definitions suggest a certain amount of convergence around core elements, while simultaneously pointing to some divergence as well:

    Ethnography is the art and science of describing a group or culture. (Fetterman, 1998: 1)

    In its most characteristic form it involves the ethnographer participating, overtly or covertly, in people's daily lives for an extended period of time, watching what happens, listening to what is said, asking questions – in fact, collecting whatever data are available to throw light on the issues ...

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