Much of the ‘mystery’ of organizational life is hidden in plain sight in individuals' everyday communications and everyday practices. Ethnographic approaches provide in-depth and up-close understandings of how the everyday-ness of work is organized and how work organizes people in everyday organizational life.
Organizational Ethnography brings contributions from leading scholars in organizational studies that help to develop an ethnographic perspective on organizations and organizational research. The authors explore the special problems faced by organizational ethnographers, from questions of gaining access to research sites to various styles of writing ethnography, the role of friendship relations in the field, ethical issues, and standards for evaluating ethnographic work.
This book will be a useful resource for organizational scholars doing or writing ethnography in the fields of business and management, public administration, education, health care, social work, or any related field in which organizations play a role.
Chapter 12: Beyond Complicity: A Plea for Engaged Ethnography
Beyond Complicity: A Plea for Engaged Ethnography
It seems that no one, including the organizational ethnographer, can escape complicity in contributing to and sustaining inequality and all sorts of injustices in the modern day global village and society No matter the amount of good intentions towards social justice or ethical considerations about equal development or critical stances towards the inequities in the world today complicity in the very things that are vehemently opposed or criticized even seems to tie the hands of the socially and politically engaged researcher. Engagement does not automatically make or break one free of complicity Even the engaged researcher cannot escape complicity
How, then, can engaged scholarship be legitimated, morally or politically, if everybody ...