Doing Ethnography: Studying Everyday Life

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Charlene Elizabeth Miall, Dorothy Pawluch, William Shaffir
Canadian Scholars' Press, 2005 - Social Science - 364 pages
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Doing Ethnography is an essential text for courses in ethnography, research methods (qualitative emphasis), applied sociology, and related subjects across Canada. This unique volume first considers the merits of qualitative research, profiles interviewing strategies, and discusses the relationships to respondents and how to write about social life.

The second portion of Doing Ethnography contains three sections: constructing perspectives, constructing identities, as well as doing and relating. Case studies and original research are featured throughout.

The editors, Dorothy Pawluch, William Shaffir, and Charlene Miall, emphasize the importance of studying social interaction. "In truth, any question about society, big or small, is ultimately about people interacting with each other. Whether the issue is changing gender relationships, corporate deeds and misdeeds, class structures, or the school performance of children from cultural minorities, it all comes down to one thing: people doing things together."

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Studying Human Knowing and Acting The Interactionist
Interpretive Practices and the Role of Qualitative Methods

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About the author (2005)

Dr. Charlene E. Miall is Professor of Sociology at McMaster. Her areas of expertise are the social construction of knowledge, social psychology, deviance, family, and qualitative methods.

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