Handbook of Ethnography (Google eBook)

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Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Amanda Coffey, John Lofland, Lyn Lofland
SAGE, Apr 25, 2007 - Social Science - 528 pages
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"I wish the Handbook of Ethnography had been available to me as a fledgling ethnographer. I would recommend it for any graduate student who contemplates a career in the field. Likewise for experienced ethnographers who would like the equivalent of a world atlas to help pinpoint their own locations in the field."
- Journal of Contemporary Ethnography

"No self-respecting qualitative researcher should be without Paul Atkinson's handbook on ethnography. This really is encyclopaedic in concept and scope. Many "big names" in the field have contributed so this has to be the starting point for anyone looking to understand the field in substantive topic, theoretical tradition and methodology."
- SRA News  

Ethnography is one of the chief research methods in sociology, anthropology and other cognate disciplines in the social sciences. This Handbook provides an unparalleled, critical guide to its principles and practice.

The volume is organized into three sections. The first systematically locates ethnography firmly in its relevant historical and intellectual contexts. The roots of ethnography are pinpointed and the pattern of its development is demonstrated.

The second section examines the contribution of ethnography to major fields of substantive research. The impact and strengths and weaknesses of ethnographic method are dealt with authoritatively and accessibly.

The third section moves on to examine key debates and issues in ethnography, from the conduct of research through to contemporary arguments.

The result is a landmark work in the field, which draws on the expertise of an internationally renowned group of interdisicplinary scholars. The Handbook of Ethnography provides readers with a one-stop critical guide to the past, present and future of ethnography. It will quickly establish itself as the ethnographer's bible.
  

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Contents

Editorial Introduction
1
Part I
9
Chapter 1
11
Chapter 2
26
Chapter 3
39
Chapter 4
60
Chapter 5
80
Chapter 6
92
Chapter 18
258
Chapter 19
273
Chapter 20
285
Chapter 21
302
Part III
321
Chapter 22
323
Chapter 23
339
Chapter 24
352

Chapter 7
109
Chapter 8
118
Chapter 9
136
Chapter 10
145
Chapter 11
160
Part II
175
Chapter 12
177
Chapter 13
188
Chapter 14
204
Chapter 15
220
Chapter 16
234
Chapter 17
246
Chapter 25
369
Chapter 26
384
Chapter 27
395
Chapter 28
407
Chapter 29
426
Chapter 30
443
Chapter 31
453
Chapter 32
468
Chapter 33
477
Index
493
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About the author (2007)

Paul Atkinson is a Distinguished Research Professor in Sociology at Cardiff University, where he is also Associate director of the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics. His recent publications include: Everyday Arias: An Operatic Ethnography, Risky Relations (Katie Featherstone, Aditya Bharadwaj, Paul Atkinson and Angus Clarke) and the third edition of Ethnography: Principles in Practice (Martyn Hammersley and Paul Atkinson). His new book, written with Sara Delamont and William Housley is Contours of Culture and was published by AltaMira early in 2008. He and Sara Delamont edit the Journal of Qualitative Research.

Dr Sara Delamont, DSc Econ, AcSS. read Social Anthropology at Girton College Cambridge, did her PhD at Edinburgh, and lectured at Leicester before moving to Cardiff in 1976. She was the first woman to be President of BERA (the British Education Research Association) and the first woman Dean of Social Sciences at Cardiff. She has done ethnographies in schools, and other settings where teaching and learning take place such as operatic master classes and martial arts studios. With Paul Atkinson she is the Founding Editor of Qualitative Research, and is the author of fourteen books.

My research interests are underpinned by a sustained, critical methodological engagement with ethnographic and qualitative research. This includes work on contemporary developments in qualitative data analysis, writing and representation, as well as a focus on of the self and (auto)biography in qualitative inquiry. I have led and been involved in a number of funded projects focussing on qualitative research methods and methodological development. I am currently the Director of the Cardiff Node of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: Innovation, Integration and Impact (QUALITI) (2005-8).

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