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Ten Lies of Ethnography: Moral Dilemmas of Field Research

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Ten Lies of Ethnography: Moral Dilemmas of Field Research
Ten Lies of Ethnography: Moral Dilemmas of Field ResearchGary AlanFine28 ppSAGE Publications, Inc.
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Fine, G.A.(1993)‘Ten lies of ethnography: Moral dilemmas of field research’, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography22, 3, 267-294.

As Everett Hughes noted, there is an “underside” to ail work. Each job includes ways of doing things that would be inappropriate for those outside the guild to know. Illusions are essential for maintaining occupational reputation, but in the process they create a set of moral dilemmas. So it is with ethnographic work. This article describes the underside of ethnographic work: compromises that one ...

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