What's Wrong with Ethnography?: Methodological Explorations

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Psychology Press, 1992 - Social Science - 230 pages
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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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Contents

WHATS WRONG WITH ETHNOGRAPHY?
11
SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THEORY
32
ETHNOGRAPHY AND REALISM
43
BY WHAT CRITERIA SHOULD ETHNOGRAPHIC
57
Ethnography relevance and practice
83
CRITICAL THEORY AS A MODEL
96
PARTS THAT EVEN ETHNOGRAPHY CANNOT
123
ON PRACTITIONER ETHNOGRAPHY
135
DECONSTRUCTING
159
THE LOGIC OF THEORYTESTING IN CASE STUDY
174
SO WHAT ARE CASE STUDIES?
183
Postscript
201
Name index
223
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