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Designing and Conducting Ethnographic Research (Ethnographer's Toolkit) Paperback – August 19, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0761989752 ISBN-10: 0761989757 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Ethnographer's Toolkit (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press; 1 edition (August 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761989757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761989752
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret Diane LeCompte: University of Colorado, Boulder
Jean J. Schensul: Institute for Community Research, Hartford

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Elgin Klugh on December 12, 2000
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This text provides an excellent overview of the processes and considerations in good ethnographic research. Chapter 1 provides a discussion that introduces the reader to the term ethnography. Those who assume that they already know about ethnography may also want to peruse this chapter for a refreshing and concise review of rationale and terminology. The next chapter describes processes for determining when ethnography should be used. This discussion is especially useful for those in various fields and professions that have recently come to recognize the value of ethnographic methods in their endeavors. Chapters 3, 4, and 5 aid the ethnographer in the pre-fieldwork stage. In chapter 3, clear descriptions of different theoretical paradigms for research (such as "Critical Theory" (pp. 45-48)) are offered so that the reader may have the creative benefit of exploring questions raised by different paradigms. Chapter 4 guides the reader through the conceptual process of creating a research design, and chapter 5 explains how to apply research designs to specific projects in order to generate good ethnographic data. Methods of ethnographic data collection are described in chapter 6, and chapter 7 explores the analysis of this data. Chapter 8 provides a discussion of the types of personalities and relationships that encourage better fieldwork experiences and potential data collection. And chapter 9 describes ethical considerations that are important to note - including Institutional Review Board guidelines. These individuals should be congratulated for bringing such a valuable resource to those interested in using ethnography.Read more ›
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David on February 4, 2011
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This version, sold by Amazon, is the 1st Edition. There is a 2nd Edition (Copyright 2010) available from B&N. I unfortunately bought this 1st Edition first, then had to buy the 2nd Edition. I'm not sure why Amazon doesn't carry the 2nd Edition. To my knowledge, only this one textbook--Toolkit Volume 1--has been updated; Toolkit Volumes 2-7 have not been updated.
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If you need to conduct a qualitative study and ethnographic research, I recommend you to read this toolkit. It is a window to qualitative methods and their requirements. I also appreciate the publisher's quality of transaction.
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By KDM on September 29, 2011
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This book, and others from the entire excellent series, was required reading in both my undergrad and graduate Anthropology courses. Essential concepts and methods, easy to understand, very relate-able...I recommend for anyone who wants to learn a little something about Anth.
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