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Doing Critical Ethnography

Doing Critical Ethnography

November 1992 | 96 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"The book offers communication researchers some of the best recent work on qualitative inquiry in the human disciplines. . . . Published by Sage, the leading publisher of qualitative research in the social sciences today. . . . Jim Thomas's method, well displayed in illustrations drawn from his emancipatory work in prisons, has important connections to the participatory action (Friere) and critical theory traditions. . . . This work brings the communication scholar up-to-date on where qualitative methods are in current sociological and educational discourse."

--Norman K. Denzin in Journal of Communication

If a researcher's responsibility entails the righting of social wrongs and producing valid research results, how is it possible to juxtapose these two goals? Representing the marriage of two traditions in social science, critical theory and qualitative research, Doing Critical Ethnography applies a critical worldview to the conventional logic of cultural inquiry. This innovative volume does not oppose conventional ethnography; rather, it offers a style of thinking about the direct relationship between knowledge, society, and political action. The author defines the rules and guidelines for a praxis-oriented ethnographic tradition, one both ideologically engaged and scientifically valid. He also outlines the various types of critical ethnography and explains the tenets of each and how research can be carried out under these frameworks.

This challenging volume will be useful to students and professionals in qualitative research in social theory, and critical studies.

Resisting Domestication
Beginning to Think Critically
Implementing Critical Ethnography
Empirical Application
Tricks, Traps, and Moving Beyond


This is a helpful text for anyone choosing to do ethnography and encourages them to think through how you engage reflexively with the process.

Dr sally nash
Youth, Midlands Centre for Youth Ministry
January 5, 2016

Insightful and a rich source for research. Would recommend for Masters students

Mr Iain Jones
Education Department, Newman University
October 13, 2014

well-written and thought provoking

Dr Spyros Themelis
Sch of Education & Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia
February 5, 2014

A useful text but not suitable for the course

Dr Matthew Brannan
Department of Management, Keele University
August 11, 2011

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