Doing Ethnography is an essential text for courses in ethnography, research methods (qualitative emphasis), applied sociology, and related subjects across Canada. This unique volume first considers the merits of qualitative research, profiles interviewing strategies, and discusses the relationships to respondents and how to write about social life.
The second portion of Doing Ethnography contains three sections: constructing perspectives, constructing identities, as well as doing and relating. Case studies and original research are featured throughout.
The editors, Dorothy Pawluch, William Shaffir, and Charlene Miall, emphasize the importance of studying social interaction. "In truth, any question about society, big or small, is ultimately about people interacting with each other. Whether the issue is changing gender relationships, corporate deeds and misdeeds, class structures, or the school performance of children from cultural minorities, it all comes down to one thing: people doing things together."
Introduction to Doing Ethnography: Studying Everyday Life
Chapter 1: Studying Human Knowing and Acting: The Interactionist Quest for Authenticity – Robert Prus
PART 1: DOING ETHNOGRAPHY: CHALLENGES AND STRATEGIES
Part 1A: Considering the Merits of Qualitative Research
Chapter 2: Interpretive Practices and the Role of Qualitative Methods in Informing Large-Scale Survey Research – Charlene Miall and Karen March Chapter 3: The Charms and Challenges of an Academic Qualitative Researcher Doing Participatory Action Research (PAR) – Karen Szala-Meneok and Lynne Lohfeld
Part 1B: Interviewing Strategies Chapter 4: Self-Presentation and Social Poetics: Active Interview Tactics in Research with Public Figures – Andrew D. Hathaway and Michael F. Atkinson Chapter 5: Conducting Field Research with Young Offenders Convicted of Murder and Manslaughter: Gaining Access, Risks, and “Truth Status” – Mark Totten and Katharine Kelly Chapter 6: Complex Needs and Complex Issues: How Responding to Ethnographic Fieldwork Contingencies Shaped a Study of Homelessness – Anne Wright
Part 1C: Relating to Respondents Chapter 7: “I’m Looking Forward to Hearing What You Found Out”: Reflections on a Critical Perspective and Some of Its Consequences – Gillian Ranson Chapter 8: Conducting Qualitative Research on Emotionally Upsetting Topics: Homicide and Those Left Behind – J. Scott Kenney
Part 1D: Writing about Social Life Chapter 9: The Question of “Whose Truth”?: The Privileging of Participant and Researcher Voices in Qualitative Research – Linda L. Snyder Chapter 10: Quote, Unquote: From Transcript to Text in Ethnographic Research – Katherine Bischoping
PART 2: ETHNOGRAPHY IN PROCESS: CASE STUDIES OF EVERYDAY LIFE
Part 2A: Constructing Perspectives
Chapter 11: The Process of Caring: Nurses and Genetic Termination – Catherine Chiappetta-Swanson Chapter 12: Perceptions of Oncology Professionals’ Work: Implications for Informal Carers, Implications for Health Systems – Christina Sinding Chapter 13: Gendered Experiences of HIV and Complementary Therapy Use – Dorothy Pawluch, Roy Cain, and James Gillett Chapter 14: Conflict and Abuse in Dating Relationships: Young Adult Women in University React to a Film Clip – Kristin L. Newman, Carmen Poulin, Bette L. Brazier, and Andrea L. Cashmore Chapter 15: Ethnographic Insights into the Hacker Subculture – Steven Kleinknecht
Part 2B: Constructing Identities Chapter 16: Smoking and Self: Tobacco Use Effects on Young Women’s Constructions of Self and Others – Florence June Kellner Chapter 17: Perceptions of Motherhood through the Lens of Adoption – Karen March Chapter 18: “This Is Who I Really Am”: Obese Women’s Conceptions of Self Following Weight Loss Surgery – Leanne Joanisse Chapter 19: Coping with Electoral Defeat: A Study of Involuntary Role Exit – William Shaffir and Steven Kleinknecht Chapter 20: Avoiding the Other: A Technique of Stigma Management among People Who Use Alternative Therapies – Jacqueline Low
Part 2C: Doing and Relating Chapter 21: Negotiated Order and Strategic Inaction in Television Coverage of the Olympics – Josh Greenberg, Graham Knight, Margaret MacNeill, and Peter Donnelly Chapter 22: Advancing in the Amateur Chess World – Antony J. Puddephatt Chapter 23: Singing Out and Making Community: Gay Men and Choral Singing – Roy Cain Chapter 24: For Better and for Worse: Psychological Demands and Structural Impacts on Gay Servicewomen in the Military and Their Long-Term Partners – Lynne Gouliquer and Carmen Poulin
Dr. Dorothy Pawluch is Associate Professor at McMaster University, Department of Sociology. Her areas of expertise are sociology of health, deviance, work and occupations, and social psychology.
Dr. William Shaffir is Professor of Sociology at McMaster University. His areas of expertise are socialization and conversion, ethnic relations, religious communities, and field research methods.
Dr. Charlene E. Miall is Professor of Sociology at McMaster University. Her areas of expertise are the social construction of knowledge, social psychology, deviance, family, and qualitative methods.
"The strengths of this book lie in its user-friendly and accessible manner, its coverage of a number of basic concepts, and its presentation of fascinating research on a wide variety of topics. [The book contains] a lot of concrete examples that students will enjoy. Very well written, comprehensive, concise, and interesting."
Nancy Mandell, York University
"A rich and broad-ranging portrait of the fruits of the ethnographic approach."
Robert Stebbins, University of Calgary
"The Canadian content is particularly interesting and important with regard to this book. The examples shown will relate easily to the life experiences of many Canadian students."
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