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This text is something of a masterclass in its own right. Few are as well placed to comment on the debates surrounding ethnography – debates which the author had been instrumental in shaping – and to offer a clear and authoritative call-to-arms to future, aspirant ethnographers. It is a passionate but realistic manifesto for those wishing to undertake the craft of ethnography and to do it well. All who read it will benefit.
Sociologist Atkinson (Cardiff Univ., UK) has written what should become a classic in the field of ethnography. For those who feel that ethnographies written over the last 20 years lack the liveliness of the great community studies of the 20th century, this book contains answers. Atkinson offers a corrective to what has become a methodological fetishism in the field, focusing more on technique than the art of understanding human communities as lived. In the spirit of C.
Atkinson’s book provides both an opportunity to reflect on how to conduct high quality and detailed ethnographic research into the vagaries of work and organisational life and also a means of sharpening our thinking about the surroundings we occupy, participate in and study. For Ethnography is a must-read book for those interested in ethnographic research and a valuable chance to reflect on research practice more generally for active researchers.
This answers some of the tricky questions that doctoral students wrestle with in conducting, analysing and presenting their studies. It provides much food for thought and that stimulus to intellectual development is essential at this level. It goes beyond the 'how to' texts which proliferate.
Students study ethnography as part of a research methods. Although this text adopts a theoretical approach I have used it with my students.
A very useful book for understanding ethnography and the rigor behind it.
Atkinson´s work and ideas about Etnography is crucial and important.
So if the student consider working with ethnography in their futher studies - they should read it.
This is a great book for those who wish to undertake a realistic and pure ethnographic approach of research. A reference that I will recommend to all my third year students that have decided to engage on this fascinating world of social analyse.
Whilst not a core text, this book is one of the key recommended texts for the ethnography component of the module.
Atkinson once again provides us with a superb discussion of ethnography and ethnographic practice. The book draws on many years of research and teaching experience, to explore questions of epistemology, ontology and the ethnographic 'commitment'. While this may prove a challenging read for those new to social research, nevertheless, it covers all of the issues central to the topic from theory and practice through to the difficult issue of research ethics.
A very useful guide to ethnography which provides up to date and step by step detail for anyone starting out in this field
The book provides insights on ethnography as an approach and the actual field work as well as the writing. The book is written in a very accessible language and thus provides a good resource for researchers - from the novice, to the experienced ethnographers.
a very readable text from one of the key authors within the Ethnography field. I have used it within my own research and will recommend it for our masters students
The best book on ethnography for many years. It strips out the nonsense and offers a great overview.
This is a timely and convincing appeal addressed to ethnographers and scientists using qualitative methods generally. The author makes the case for a certain type of approach to ethnography as an abductive study not of individuals but of the social order. As such, it involves not only extended participant observation, but also a degree of reflection and theorisation on the underlying cultural values, knowledge, representations and beliefs which collectively shape social behaviour.
Excellent book outlining the nature of ethnographic research. Highly recommended for anybody undertaking ethnographic studies/social sciences. A valuable text for both undergraduate/ postgraduate students and academics wishing to engage in and with ethnographic studies as the book engages the reader in thinking through the range of questions that are suitable for an ethnographic approach.
This is a wonderful text. It is both contemporary in terms of social analysis perspectives however there is a real emphasis on the importance of fieldwork. An excellent text
A wonderfully written, highly engaging work on ethnography. Atkinson does not present a "how to" book but engages the reader in thinking through the range of questions that are suitable for an ethnographic approach. As a legal anthropologist, I found this a very refreshing approach to writing about ethnography. He addresses the effects of the postmodern turn very well. A must for anybody undertaking ethnographic studies and highly recommend for other social scientists.
An important text that addresses several key issues in ethnography, especially the status of fieldwork.