Ethnography: Step-by-Step

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SAGE, 2010 - Social Science - 173 pages
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“Emphasis on the use of theory as a guide is excellent and cannot be stressed enough among students . . . . Ethical standards are comprehensively addressed. Any doubts the reader may have had are dispelled by the author’s compelling arguments and illustrative examples.”
—Patricia I. Documét, University of Pittsburgh

“The text has included most topics that I cover in my seminar with doctoral students and some that believe they will find helpful. One of those items an actual approach to writing a research proposal and distinctions between action research, policy research, and investigatory kinds of explorations.”
—Barbara K. Curry, University of Delaware

The Third Edition of Ethnography: Step-by-Step guides readers in collecting and making sense of large amounts of ethnographic data. It also offers current discussion about the use of technology in the pursuit of ethnography. Fundamentally, however, it demonstrates how ethnography is more than a methodological approach. For David M. Fetterman, ethnography is a way of life.

 

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Contents

An Overview
1
Anthropological Concepts
15
Methods and Techniques
33
Ethnographic Equipment
69
Analysis
93
Writing
113
Ethics
133
Trust
145
Pseudonyms
146
Reciprocity
147
Guilty Knowledge and Dirty Hands
148
Retirement and Last Rites
149
Conclusion
150
References
153
Index
167
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David M. Fetterman is President and CEO of Fetterman & Associates, an international evaluation consulting firm.  He has 25 years of experience at Stanford University , serving as a senior administrator, School of Education faculty member, and School of Medicine Director of Evaluation.   David is the Director of the Arkansas Evaluation Center and concurrently a Professor at San Jose State University, the University of Charleston, and the University of Arkansas.  He was a Professor and Research Director at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Principal Research Scientist at the American Institutes for Research, and a Senior Associate at RMC Research Corporation. David is a past-president of the American Evaluation Association. He received both the Paul Lazarsfeld Award for Outstanding Contributions to Evaluation Theory and the Myrdal Award for Cumulative Contributions to Evaluation Practice. David also received the American Educational Research Association Research on Evaluation Distinguished Scholar Award. David is the founder of empowerment evaluation.  He has published 14 books including:  Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages:  Hewlett-Packard’s $15 Million Race Toward Social Justice, Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practice (with Wandersman), Foundations of Empowerment Evaluation, and Empowerment Evaluation:  Knowledge and Tools for Self-assessment and Accountability (with Kaftarian and Wandersman).   

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