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Anthony Kwame Harrison

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199371785

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199371785.001.0001

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Writing Up Ethnographic Methodologies

Writing Up Ethnographic Methodologies

(p.87) 3 Writing Up Ethnographic Methodologies

Anthony Kwame Harrison

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 offers a roadmap for presenting ethnographic methodologies that emphasizes the importance of contextualizing both the researcher and the experiences of research. Building on Chapter 2’s discussion of research design, the author argues that writing up ethnographic methodologies is less about outlining specific research steps and procedures and more about providing a good-faith accounting of the context and conditions surrounding the work. The author details the historical rise of self-consciousness in ethnography, explaining that its emergence both raised the profile of the ethnographer as an actor in research situations and, in turn, set the stage for ethnography’s reflexive, critical, and collaborative turns. The author next presents a series of goals to which contemporary ethnographers should aspire when representing their research experiences. The chapter closes with an elaboration on the different ways methodological discussions have been placed within ethnographic texts.

Keywords:   feminist research, methodology, Paul Radin, reception formations, reflexivity, research controversies, self-consciousness

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