The Handbook of Social Work Research Methods represents an area that we have several other publications coming out and a market we actively reach. In addition, Bruce Thyer is the editor of the journal Research in Social Work Practice and expressed interest in updating the book along with the other two candidates. In the field of social work, qualitative research is starting to gain more prominence as are mixed methods and various issues regarding race, ethnicity and gender. These changes in the field will be reflected and updated in the second edition of the handbook. It will also contain more on meta analysis, designs to evaluate treatment and will provide more support to help students harness the power of the Internet. The original mission of the handbook was to bring together leading scholars to write about research methods in social work. The second edition will stay true to this mission but will also attempt to be more student friendly and will be offered in a paperback edition. We will also make a greater effort to promote the book as a textbook, as we will do with the other two handbooks.

Ethnographic Research Methods

Ethnographic Research Methods

Christine T. Lowery

Humans are striking in their diversity, and ethnography is based on the assumption that “knowledge of all cultures is valuable” (Spradley, 1979, p. 10). Cultural diversity and cultural competence are valued in statements of the National Association of Social Workers and the Council on Social Work Education, and they are essential components of social work practice in a multicultural world. However, these definitions cannot broadly and critically describe the changing complexities in an international community. Ethnography not only gives us insight into human behavior within cultural contexts; more critically, ethnography helps us understand human behavior within larger contexts shaped by global economic and sociopolitical forces.

Ethnography and Social Work Practice

Elements of ethnography and ethnographic research methods ...

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