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.

Textual Reflexivity

Textual Reflexivity

This book is all about why writing matters in the conduct of ethnography. It matters because our textual practices are integral to our capacity to generate reconstructions of a given social world. When we undertake ethnographic fieldwork, we inevitably commit ourselves to a complex, sometimes lengthy, intellectual and practical project. That commitment includes an obligation to write. Obviously, all academics write and publish, but there is a particular imperative about writing ethnography. While we write many papers based on our fieldwork, the creation of a monograph is the end-product of many ethnographic projects. Through such writing, we reconstruct our own fieldwork experiences, and we do our best to reconstruct the social world(s) we have observed and participated in. It is no simple ...

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