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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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Discussion and Evaluation

Discussion and Evaluation

(p.151) 5 Discussion and Evaluation

Anthony Kwame Harrison

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 begins with a general discussion of the central research paradigms that ethnographers claim and/or move between. The remainder of the chapter is organized according to the evaluative standards used by the various stakeholders who surround the ethnographic enterprise—namely, researchers, members of researched communities, and readers. The section on researchers is centered on their aspirations to do “good work,” which the author proposes involves reflexivity, transparency, and sincerity. It also elaborates on the moral principles and ethical regulations that ethnographic researchers observe. In discussing members of researched communities, the author highlights their recent ability to speak back against the research, explaining how it has fostered more accountable and collaborative modes of ethnography. Finally, in discussing readers of ethnography, the author makes a distinction between “everyday” and “professional” readers, proposing a handful of criteria—credibility, coherence, impact, and worthiness—used by the latter in making their professional assessments.

Keywords:   accountability, criteriology, evaluation, “good work, ” paradigms, readers, researched community, research ethics, transcription

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