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Ethnographic Fieldwork: A Beginner's Guide. Jan Blommaert and Dong Jie

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This book describes ethnographic fieldwork as the gradual accumulation of knowledge about something you don?t know much about to begin with, facilitated by theoretical and methodological instruments. The book provides an easy to read introduction to quite complex ideas about knowledge and the practices in which we gather it.

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Sympathizing with experienced researchers and warning new ones, Blommaert and Jie (both language and culture, the Babylon Center, Tilburg U.) explain that fieldwork never goes as planned, that researchers must abandon most of what they had in mind and adapt unilaterally to whatever conditions present themselves. But there are techniques that make doing so easier, and there are certain procedures that must be followed in order to conduct what colleagues will recognize as legitimate ethnographic research. They offer advice for prior to fieldwork, in the field, and after fieldwork. Among detailed perspectives are chaos, observation and fieldnotes, collecting rubbish, data, and analyzing narrative. Distributed in the US by UTP Distribution. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN:
9781847692948
Author:
Blommaert, Jan
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters Limited
Subject:
Reference-Words Phrases and Language
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Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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Education » Writing
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Field Work
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Historical and Comparative

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