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Asking and Listening: Ethnography as Personal Adaptation

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"A wise book--honest and probing--that is easy to read but covers hard and big issues...unique in its goal of making ethnography a way for the reader to live his or her life." -- John Omohundro, SUNY Potsdam

"Asking and Listening is guided by superb questions and wise answers. It rests on the authors' sound knowledge of the discipline and is enriched by their years of experience with the field and colleagues now deceased." -- Karla Poewe, University of Calgary

"Not only does the book make the ethnographic enterprise accessible to introductory students, it makes a powerful contribution to the philosophy behind the conduct of ethnography. It has insights that would not be possible without the authors' long familiarity with the field. No one else could have written this book." -- Mari Womack, University of California, Los Angeles

"This is a fantastic little book. Rich and full despite its length. Engaging." --Jim Warner, University of Northern Colorado

From the Publisher

Titles of related interest from Waveland Press: Anderson, Around the World in 30 Years: Life as a Cultural Anthropologist (ISBN 9781577660576); Angrosino, Projects in Ethnographic Research (ISBN 9781577663690); DeVita, Stumbling Toward Truth: Anthropologists at Work (ISBN 9781577661252); Garbarino, Sociocultural Theory in Anthropology: A Short History (ISBN 9780881330564); Gardner-Hoffman, Dispatches from the Field: Neophyte Ethnographers in a Changing World (ISBN 9781577664512); and van der Elst, Culture as Given, Culture as Choice, Second Edition (ISBN 9781577662693).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 107 pages
  • Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881339873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881339871
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W. Wedenoja on October 7, 2007
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Asking and Listening is a short (107 page) text on ethnography - studying cultures first-hand and writing about them. It is written for college students in cultural anthropology, but it will be useful to anyone who wants to know more about ethnography. I have used this book in a course on ethnography at least five times now. It has been an ideal introduction to the course, and to the book-length ethnographies that students will read and study. The book begins with a history of the development of ethnography as a research strategy and as a genre of writing. It raises some critical issues concerning studying and writing about other cultures. And it concludes with new and emerging applications of ethnography. The main theme of the book is that reading ethnographies can help the student to better understand and adapt to the global village, offering insights not only into other cultures but also into one's own culture and oneself. The writing is clear, to the point, and engaging. The content is not only well-informed but wise.
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By Cinymin on February 8, 2014
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Although I only bought this book for class, it is very interesting and enjoyable. The book is worth the price, great value.
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I ordered the book on 8/31/09 and I really must say it came quite quickly and the condition was very good. I was quite satisfied.
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This book really opened my eyes on where we are culturally and how far we have to go in different cultures. Great book. Couldn't put it down.
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Asking and Listening was assigned reading for a cultural anthropology seminar I took in graduate school. Actually, it was our first assigned reading of the semester and compared to much assigned reading given in graduate courses, especially introductory material that tends to be dry or abstract and theoretical, I found this piece to be not only short, but also incredibly informative, very readable, approachable, and useful.

Presented as an introduction to anthropological ethnography, Asking and Listening presents a clear and concise methodology for conducting fieldwork in cultural anthropology. Without focusing excessively on any one particular area, a broad overview of the background, principles, techniques, and some guidelines are given asking with relevant examples that serve to illustrate how the information can be used and applied to a variety of different research.

I highly recommend this very brief work (easily read in a single sitting) not only to students of anthropology, but also of psychology, sociology, related fields such as social work, even education majors, and also anyone with an interest in the wealth of different cultures that exist and wish to view them through the lens of a social scientist.
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