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The cultural experience : ethnography in complex society

Author: David W McCurdy; James P Spradley; Dianna J Shandy
Publisher: Long Grove, Ill. : Waveland Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Students are taught how to set up an ethnographic field study, choose a microculture, and find and approach an informant, as well as how to ask ethnographic questions, record data, and organize and analyze what they have learned. Detailed instruction on how to write an ethnography is also provided. The guidelines are followed by ten short but substantive, well-written student ethnographies on such microcultures as  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McCurdy, David W.
Cultural experience.
Long Grove, Ill. : Waveland Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)647250670
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David W McCurdy; James P Spradley; Dianna J Shandy
ISBN: 1577663640 9781577663645
OCLC Number: 57581039
Notes: Prev. ed. under Spradley.
Description: x, 190 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. I. Doing ethnography. Culture and ethnography --
Microcultures --
Cultural informants --
Discovering folk terms --
Discovering taxonomic structure --
Discovering meaning --
Ethnographic detail and cultural focus --
Cultural themes and cultural adaptation --
Writing and using ethnography --
pt. II. Student ethnographies. Getting the truth : the police detective and the art of interviewing / Cole Akeson --
Juicing their way to the top : ethnography of a tattoo shop / Jennifer Boehlke --
No money, no honey : an ethnography of exotic dancers / Melissa Cowell --
Where did the time go? : a look into a Jesuit pastor's struggle with time / Meghan Greeley --
"Alice in Wonderland" : the culture of a neighborhood flower shop / Sana Haque --
Dealing with dickheads : an ethnography of a nightclub staff member / John Hoch --
Ethnography of a legal secretary / Jordan Pender --
Coping with stress : an ethnography of firefighters / Alex Rubenstein --
The modern pest control revolution / Byron Thayer --
Catching babies : an ethnography of a licensed, traditional midwife / Natasha Winegar.
Responsibility: David W. McCurdy, James P. Spradley, Dianna J. Shandy.
Local System Bib Number:
.b23938286

Abstract:

Students are taught how to set up an ethnographic field study, choose a microculture, and find and approach an informant, as well as how to ask ethnographic questions, record data, and organize and analyze what they have learned. Detailed instruction on how to write an ethnography is also provided. The guidelines are followed by ten short but substantive, well-written student ethnographies on such microcultures as exotic dancing, firefighting, pest extermination, and the work of midwives and police detectives. Presents an expanded treatment of ethical responsibilities as well as a discussion of the significance of ethnographic research and its applications in the workplace. From publisher description.
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