Doing Ethnographies is an introductory and applied guide to ethnographic methods. It focuses on those methods - participant observation, interviewing, focus groups, and video//photographic work - that allow us to understand the lived, everyday world. Informed by the authors fieldwork experience, the book covers the relation between theory, practice and writing, and demonstrates how methods work in the field, so preparing the first-time ethnographer for the loss of control and direction often experienced.
Since the early 1990s, an increasing number of researchers in human geography have drawn on qualitative methods in their work. The aim of this book is to give an introductory guide to the practice of those methods broadly referred to as ‘ethnographic’, i.e. participant observation plus, in our experience at least, interviewing, focus ...