In this book, sociologists Sarah Daynes and Terry Williams team up to explore the art of ethnographic research and the many complex decisions it requires. Using their extensive fieldwork experience in the United States and Europe, and hours spent in the classroom training new ethnographers, they illustrate, discuss, and reflect on the key skills and tools required for successful research, including research design, entry and exit, participant observation, fieldnotes, ethics, and writing up.
Covering both the theoretical foundations and practical realities of ethnography, this highly readable and entertaining book will be invaluable to students in sociology and other disciplines in which ethnography has become a core qualitative research method.
Chapter 1 Foundations of ethnographic fieldwork
Chapter 2 Thinking about it
Chapter 3 Getting involved
Chapter 4 Being there
Chapter 5 Seeing, Writing, Narrating Ñ Field Notes
Chapter 6 Writing about it
Carol Stack, University of California, Berkeley
On Ethnography effectively describes the process of conducting fieldwork, while providing a rationale for the narrative style that documents ethnographically what subjects say and do together. Students of local culture will find this well–written and illuminating work highly informative and compelling.
Elijah Anderson, Yale University