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.

Description: Writing ‘Down’ Fieldnotes

In Chapter 5 the discussion on observation examined the ethnographic gaze, looked at how ethnographers systematise their observations, and examined the role and impact of visual media in ethnography. All of these ethnographic ‘ways of seeing’ have implications for the act of ethnographic inscription (seen either narrowly as writing or more broadly as the recording of ethnographic information – written, visual and otherwise). As such, some of the themes touched upon in the last chapter will be revisited here because of the way they relate to ethnographic inscription. What we ‘see’ as ethnographers we try to capture as information, so in a general sense these initial inscriptions are also ‘observations’, and as such these two types of observations are ...

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