This original and authoritative exploration of ethnographic writing comes from one of the world's leading academics in the field, Paul Atkinson. The third book in his seminal quartet on ethnographic research, it provides thoughtful, reflective guidance on a crucial skill that is often difficult to master. Informed throughout by extracts from Paul’s own writing, this book explores and examines a broad range of types and genres of ethnographic writing, from fieldnotes and ‘confessions’, to conventional ‘realist’ writing and more. Whilst highlighting the possibilities and implications of ethnographic text, this valuable resource will help those conducting ethnographic research select and adopt the most appropriate approach for their study.

Introduction : Writing Matters

Introduction : Writing Matters

While this book stands on its own, it is also the third part of a quartet (to be completed by Crafting Ethnography). In the first, For Ethnography (2014), I laid out a manifesto for ethnographic research, a personal re-statement of fundamental objectives and strategies. It was, in part, a reaction to recent methodological approaches that do violence to the ethnographic tradition and do not do justice to the analytic possibilities of ethnographic fieldwork. More positively, I wanted to commend the spirit of ethnographic enquiry, with its demanding intellectual and personal commitments to the everyday lives of one’s fellow men and women. That spirit was carried through into the second volume, Thinking Ethnographically (2017), where I outlined some of the key ...

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