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Tales of the Field: On Writing Ethnography, Second Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) Paperback – July 1, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0226849645 ISBN-10: 0226849643 Edition: Second Edition

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  • Series: Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; Second Edition edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226849643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226849645
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"John Van Maanen here gives us a spirited, self-reflexive guide to the rhetorical styles used in 'the cultural representation trade,' a quirky performance-art Strunk and White for ethnographers and their readers." (American Journal of Sociology) "Van Maanen has written a powerful statement, in the guise of a mere introduction, that compels us to rethink what we are doing and how well we are doing it.... This book is a terrific piece of work!" (Karl E. Weick, Administrative Science Quarterly)"

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John Van Maanen is the Erwin H. Schell Professor of Management and professor of organization studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of numerous books.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Price on April 20, 2013
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Why? Well, most of us don't read this type of book for pleasure - we read these books because we have to DO it, and are looking for details to make our own work more authentic and rigorous. But in this case, you can read it for both. Van Maanen has a really digestible writing style that gets the information across. "Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down in the most delightful way!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Cahill on August 16, 2013
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I thought this book gave a unique perspective on how to write an ethnography. Although, in practice, I found that the only way to truly write an ethnography is to just do it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don D. Bouchard on May 6, 2014
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John Van Maanen's work speaks of various kinds of narrative writing for ethnographic research write up. Recommended along with Wolcott's excellent text, Writing Up Qualitative Research (Qualitative Research Methods) (1990).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. P. Vogt on October 6, 2013
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After reading Van Maanen's wonderful overview of ethnographic fieldwork, I have a better grasp of, and much greater sympathy for some of the new trends in anthropology.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greg on June 2, 2014
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This book helped me become a better writer. Now I feel so accomplished in life. I would recommend this book. Sarcasm?
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