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Handbook of Ethnography

by Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Amanda Coffey, John Lofland and Lyn Lofland SAGE Publications Ltd
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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.

This 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.

The Chicago School of Ethnography - Mary Jo Deegan
Symbolic Interactionism and Ethnography - Paul Rock
Currents of Cultural Fieldwork - James D Faubion
British Social Anthropology - Sharon Macdonald
Into the Community - Lodewijk Brunt
Mass-Observation's Fieldwork Methods - Liz Stanley
Orientalism - Julie Marcus
Ethnomethodology and Ethnography - Melvin Pollner and Robert M Emerson
Phenomenology and Ethnography - Ilja Maso
Semiotics, Semantics and Ethnography - Peter K Manning
Grounded Theory in Ethnography - Kathy Charmaz and Richard G Mitchell
The Ethnography of Health and Medicine - Michael Bloor
Ethnographic Research in Educational Settings - Tuula Gordon, Janet Holland and Elina Lahelma
Ethnography and the Study of Deviance - Dick Hobbs
Ethnographies of Work and the Work of Ethnographers - Vicki Smith
Ethnography and the Development of Science and Technology Studies - David Hess
Ethnography in the Study of Children and Childhood - Allison James
Ethnography and Material Culture - Christopher Tilley
Ethnography: A Critical Turn in Cultural Studies - Joost van Loon
The Ethnography of Communication - Elizabeth Keating
Technologies of Realism? Ethnographic Uses of Photography and Film - Mike Ball and Greg Smith
Introduction to Part Three
Ethnography as Work - Christopher Wellin and Gary Alan Fine
The Ethics of Ethnography - Elizabeth Murphy and Robert Dingwall
Participant Observation and Fieldnotes - Robert M Emerson, Rachel I Fretz and Linda L Shaw
Ethnographic Interviewing - Barbara Sherman Heyl
Narrative Analysis in Ethnography - Martin Cortazzi
The Call of Life Stories in Ethnographic Research - Ken Plummer
Autobiography, Intimacy and Ethnography - Deborah Reed-Danahay
Feminist Ethnography - Beverley Skeggs
Ethnography After Post-modernism - Jonathan Spencer
Computer Applications in Qualitative Research - Nigel Fielding
Ethnodrama: Performed Research-limitations and Potential - Jim Mienczakowski
Postmodernism, Post-Structuralism and Post (Critical) Ethnography - Patti Lather

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.