What's Wrong with Ethnography?: Methodological Explorations
This stimulating and refreshing study, written by one of the leading commentators in the field, provides novel answers to these crucial questions.
"What's Wrong With Ethnography provides a fresh look at the rationale for and distinctiveness of ethnographic research in sociology, education and related fields, and succeeds in slaying a number of currently fashionable sacred cows. Relativism, critical theory, the uniqueness of the case study and the distinction between qualitative and quantitative research are all examined and found wanting as a basis for informed ethnography. The policy and political implications of ethnography are a particular focus of attention. The author compels the reader to reexamine some basic methodological assumptions in an exciting way", Martin Bulmer, London School of Economics.
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WHATS WRONG WITH ETHNOGRAPHY?
SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THEORY
ETHNOGRAPHY AND REALISM
BY WHAT CRITERIA SHOULD ETHNOGRAPHIC
Ethnography relevance and practice
CRITICAL THEORY AS A MODEL
PARTS THAT EVEN ETHNOGRAPHY CANNOT
adopt advocates analytic induction and/or anti-realist applied approach argued argument assessment assumptions audience basis behaviour believe Chapter claims commitment concept concerned conventional ethnography criteria critical ethnography critical model critical theory cultural defmed discussion distinction ecological validity emancipation empirical generalisation epistemological ethno ethnographic research ethnographic studies example experience explanation explicit fmdings Frankfurt School Furthermore goal Habermas Hammersley Herbert Blumer human hypothetico-deductive method idea ideal speech situation identify ideology implications important inquiry involved issue judged judgements justified knowledge Lofland methodological naive realism natural science oppressed paradigm particular perspectives phenomena policy-makers political population practice practitioner ethnography problems produce qualitative method quantitative research question reality reasonable recognise relationship relativism relevance research community role seems simply situation social research social science sociology sometimes sorts statistical statistical sampling strategies study research survey research testing theoretical inference tion true truth types validity Znaniecki