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Ethnography in Social Science Practice, Book of the Month, May 2010

Ethnography in Social Science Practice, edited by Julie Scott-Jones, Manchester Metropolitan University and Sal Watt, Liverpool Hope University is a new multidisciplinary text for the Social Sciences. Featuring a range of contemporary and accessible case studies, the book is suitable for both beginners to the subject or those who wish to develop their ethnographic skills further.

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Ethnography in Social Science Practice explores ethnography’s increasing use across the social sciences, beyond its traditional bases in social anthropology and sociology. It explores the disciplinary roots of ethnographic research within social anthropology, and contextualizes it within both field and disciplinary settings.

A number of key questions are explored:

  •   What exactly is ethnographic research and what makes it different from other qualitative approaches?
  •   Why did ethnography emerge within one social science discipline and not others?
  •   Why did its adoption across the social sciences prove problematic?
  •   What are the methodological advantages and disadvantages of doing ethnographic research?
  •   Why are ethnographers so concerned by issues of ethics, politics, representation and power?
  •   What does ethnography look like within different social science disciplines?

The book is aimed at Social Science students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and each chapter has pedagogic features, including reflective activities and suggested further readings for students.

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