What is ethnography and what are some examples of sites of study?
- The practice of spending a lengthy period of time living in the field; becoming
familiar with a culture, group; write a story about the people.
- Example: Sarah Thorton’s work on club cultures (attitudes and idea of the
youthful insiders whose social lives revolve around clubs and raves)
Why would one want to conduct ethnographic research?
- To get a better understanding of the workings of a particular group.
- It gives a voice to groups that may not have had one previously.
- There is the essence of the real and the authentic. In listening to and
describing what people do in their particular contexts then we are getting
closer to the truth than by analyzing texts.
How does one gather data through ethnographic research? How can the researcher
position him or herself?
- External (to the group) or Internal (participant)
- Participation and Observation
- What people say – th