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  • Author:
    Jim Thomas
  • ISBN:
    0803939221
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    978-0803939226
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    SAGE Publications, Inc (November 19, 1992)
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    96 pages
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Why do we bother doing critical ethnography? What is the motivator and how is the critical ethnographic .

Why do we bother doing critical ethnography? What is the motivator and how is the critical ethnographic compelled to use her or his findings? These are good questions to ask if one approaches Sociology from a "Public" perspective.

Doing Critical Ethnography book. Rather than standing in opposition to traditional ethnography, it offers a style of considering the direct relationship between knowledge, society, and political action.

Doing Critical Ethnography. By (author) Jim Thomas. Rather than standing in opposition to traditional ethnography, it offers a style of considering the direct relationship between knowledge, society and political action.

Rather than standing in opposition to traditional ethnography, it offers a style of considering the direct relationship between knowledge, society and political action. Jim Thomas's method, well displayed in illustrations drawn from his emancipatory work in prisons, has important connections to the participatory action (Friere) and critical theory traditions.

Critical ethnography applies a critical theory based approach to ethnography. It focuses on the implicit values expressed within ethnographic studies and, therefore, on the unacknowledged biases that may result from such implicit values. It has been called critical theory in practice.

This approach takes qualitative methods out of their natural home, which is within the critical, interpretative framework  . Being insiders qualifies people to do ethnography in their own work setting.

Being insiders qualifies people to do ethnography in their own work setting. Since ethnography does not involve preformulated study designs, it involves no systematic method at all-anything goes.

Conventional ethnography, as described above, has contributed much. sciences as a result. This enthusias111 has been very apparent within educaM.

Direct Observation, Interviews, Participation, Immersion, Focus Groups. Emir Memedovski, Getty Images.

In this volume, Thomas unites two traditions in social science - critical theory and qualitative research - in an attempt to apply a critical worldview to the conventional logic of cultural inquiry. Rather than standing in opposition to traditional ethnography, it offers a style of considering the direct relationship between knowledge, society, and political action. Thomas addresses the question: If the duty of the researcher entails the righting of social wrongs as well as producing valid re, how is it possible to juxtapose the two goals? He defines the rules and guidelines for a praxis-oriented ethnographic tradition, one both ideologically engaged and scientifically valid. In addition, he outlines the various types of critical ethnography, explaining the tenets of each and how research can be carried out under these frameworks.


skriper
This brief guide is a classic for those who are 'going' critical ethnography. It clarifies not only methods, but purpose. Why do we bother doing critical ethnography? What is the motivator and how is the critical ethnographic compelled to use her or his findings? These are good questions to ask if one approaches Sociology from a "Public" perspective. Don't we have an obligation to share what we learn and move toward social change?
Punind
Though a bit outdated now, this was a good reference text for a class on critical research methods that I teach. The author does a solid job of defining critical research and its application to ethnographic methods. While his examples about prison populations are interesting, they are presented in a confusing way. The book needs better organization and editing, but otherwise is useful.