Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars
364 pages
6.5 x 9.5 inches
October 2005
Print ISBN: 9781551302454


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."

Table of Contents


Introduction to Doing Ethnography: Studying Everyday Life

Chapter 1: Studying Human Knowing and Acting: The Interactionist Quest for Authenticity - Robert Prus


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 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

Contributors' Biographies
Copyright Acknowledgements


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