Being Ethnographic is an essential introductory guidebook to the methods and applications of doing fieldwork in real-world settings. It discusses the future of ethnography, explores how we understand identity, and sets out the role of technology in a global, networked society. Driven by classic and anecdotal case studies, this new Second Edition highlights the challenges introduced by the ethnographers' own interests, biases and ideologies, and demonstrates the importance of methodological reflexivity. Addressing both the why and how questions of doing ethnography well, author Raymond Madden demonstrates how both theory and practice can work together to produce insights into the human condition. Filled with invaluable advice for applying ethnographic principles in the field, this fully updated text will give researchers across social sciences everything they need to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.
Chapter Two: Ethnographic Fields: Home and Away
Ethnographic Fields: Home and Away
Making place: What is an ethnographic field?
The relationship between humans and places is complex and multi-layered. Humans are place-makers and places make humans. If we consider that spaces are places not yet imbued with human meaning then humans turn geographical spaces into places by residing in them, building on them, extracting from them, mapping, naming, thinking about and owning them. There are myriad of ways humans connect to place: people form territorial, legal, economic, spiritual, emotional and even consubstantial [Page 38]connections to places. In some cases (for example, a place called ‘home’) people may form all of the above attachments. In other places (for example, a place called ‘work’) a narrower range of associations, or indeed negative associations, can ...