Written by a leading authority, Thinking Ethnographically discusses a wide range of analytic ideas that can and should inform ethnographic analysis. In introducing the notion of “granular ethnography” it argues for an approach to qualitative research that is sensitive to the complexities of everyday social life. A much-needed antidote to superficial research and analysis, the text deals not merely with the practical methods of fieldwork, but with the far more ambitious enterprise of turning ethnographic data into productive ideas and concepts. Author Paul Atkinson enables us not merely to do ethnography, but truly to think ethnographically. His book will prove invaluable to students and researchers across the social sciences.

Introduction : Granular Ethnography

Ethnographic research is not just about the conduct of fieldwork. It also depends on appropriate frames of analysis, and of ideas. This book, therefore, outlines a number of key themes and ideas that ethnographic researchers in sociology, geography, health studies, educational research and other disciplines, might do well to think with. It derives from many years of teaching students, from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, how to work with qualitative data of different sorts, how to relate their own data to ideas, and vice versa. Finding productive exchanges between data and ideas is one of the most difficult aspects of research and of teaching research methods. It is perfectly possible to find highly able researchers who have collected vast amounts ...

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