Studying Everyday Life
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."
“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.”
Tanya Cassidy, University of Windsor