Representing Ethnography: Reading, Writing and Rhetoric in Qualitative Research (SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods)

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9781412945981: Representing Ethnography: Reading, Writing and Rhetoric in Qualitative Research (SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods)
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Qualitative research, especially ethnography, has seen a paradigm shift since 1968. This so-called 'Third Moment' was concerned with the critical issue of the textual representation of ethnographic work. There was a call for a turn towards texts that mirrored the messiness of social life, that were faithful to the many voices of social worlds, in which the artfulness of ethnographic writing was manifest and in which the ethnographer was visibly present in the text.

Representing Ethnography brings together into one set all the important material on this 'rhetorical turn' in qualitative research. Many of the critiques of the rhetorical turn are particularly hard to obtain and have never been gathered together in an accessible way.

Volume I focuses on the contexts and controversies of this type of discourse.

Volume II covers the reading of qualitative research in a range of disciplines, such as sociology, anthropology and history, and gives classic examples of the ways in which text can be read.

Volume III examines the rhetorical turn in terms of analysis and voice.

Volume IV showcases how ethnographic realities are represented to give readers a good coverage of all the possibilities.

Über den Autor:

Paul Atkinson is a Distinguished Research Professor in Sociology at Cardiff University, where he is also Associate director of the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics. His recent publications include: Everyday Arias: An Operatic Ethnography, Risky Relations (Katie Featherstone, Aditya Bharadwaj, Paul Atkinson and Angus Clarke) and the third edition of Ethnography: Principles in Practice (Martyn Hammersley and Paul Atkinson). His new book, written with Sara Delamont and William Housley is Contours of Culture and was published by AltaMira early in 2008. He and Sara Delamont edit the Journal of Qualitative Research.

Dr Sara Delamont, DSc Econ, AcSS. read Social Anthropology at Girton College Cambridge, did her PhD at Edinburgh, and lectured at Leicester before moving to Cardiff in 1976. She was the first woman to be President of BERA (the British Education Research Association) and the first woman Dean of Social Sciences at Cardiff. She has done ethnographies in schools, and other settings where teaching and learning take place such as operatic master classes and martial arts studios. With Paul Atkinson she is the Founding Editor of Qualitative Research, and is the author of fourteen books.

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