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Key Concepts in Ethnography

by Karen O'Reilly SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
11/2008
ISBN:
9781412928656
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Pbk 240 pages
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At last, an accessible, authoritative, non-nonsense guide to the key concepts in one of the most widely used methodologies in social science: Ethnography.

The book:
'' Covers and summarises the basic and related issues in ethnography that are covered nowhere else in a single text
'' It is an outstanding teaching and research resource which examines topics like 'sampling' and 'generalising' as well as embracing new fields such as virtual, visual and multi-sighted ethnography.

'' Time-honoured themes such as key informants, access, participant observation and rapport are here as well as key contemporary issues such as reflexivity, writing and ethics.

'' Each concept is presented comprehensively yet critically, with relevant examples.

This is not quite an encyclopaedia but far more than a dictionary. It is comprehensive yet brief. It is small and neat, easy to hold and flick through. It is what students and researchers have been waiting for.

Access
Analysis
Asking Questions
Case Study
Chicago School
Coding
Computer Software
Covert
Critical Ethnography
Ethics
Feminist Ethnography
Fieldnotes
Focus Groups and Group Discussions
Generalisation
Going 'Native'
Grounded Theory
Holism
Inductive and Deductive
Insider Ethnographies
Interpretivism
Interviews and Conversations
Key Informants and Gatekeepers
Malinowski
Multi-sited and Mobile Ethnographies
Participant Observation
Participant Observer Oxymoron
Positivism
Postmodern Ethnographies
Rapport
Realism
Reflexivity
Sampling
Team Ethnography
Time
Virtual Ethnography
Visual Ethnography
Writing
Where to find other ethnographic concepts

This is a very attractive and welcoming text that is extremely lucid, engaging and often humorous. The author manages to pack the text with many, many relevant examples from key ethnographies, as well as drawing upon her own research experiences and writings. This book is very student friendly which is a major advantage and has found a niche in tone, approach and content; I will refer to it in my own work and teaching.
Karen O'Reilly is Professor of Sociology at Loughborough University. She has taught ethnographic and qualitative methods for many years around the world including the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Collection and Analysis, and the Swiss Summer School in Lugano. She has spent 20 years on and off living among and learning from British people who move abroad in search of a better way of life. Sociologically, this has informed an interest in a broad range of themes, including ethnicity, identity and community; nations and nationalism; home and belonging; social exclusion; the informal economy; tourism-related migration; and friends and networks. Her interests have more recently turned to practice theories and their implications for ethnographic methodology. Karen is author of Ethnographic Methods (Routledge), Key Concepts in Ethnography (SAGE) and International Migration and Social Theory (Palgrave Macmillan), and co-editor of Lifestyle Migration: Expectations, Aspirations and Experiences (Ashgate).