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Cultural Experience : Ethnography in Complex Society

Cultural Experience : Ethnography in Complex Society - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-1577663645

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Edition/Copyright: 2ND 05
Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
Published: 2005
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Cultural Experience : Ethnography in Complex Society - 2ND 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-1577663645

David W. McCurdy, Dianna J. Shandy and James P. Spradley

ISBN13: 978-1577663645
ISBN10: 1577663640
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 05
Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

The Cultural Experience has helped generations of undergraduates discover the excitement of ethnographic research through participation in relatively familiar cultures in North American society. Grounded in the interviewing-based ethnographic technique known as ethnosemantics, the latest edition continues to treat ethnography as a discovery process. 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. The Second Edition of this popular classroom volume has been expanded to include boxed inserts that offer suggestions to aid in the research process, new material on how to use observation and narratives with the ethnosemantic approach, greater emphasis on how to find cultural themes and adaptive challenges by analyzing ethnographic field data, and more extensive strategies for writing the final ethnographic paper. The latest edition also presents an expanded treatment of ethical responsibilities as well as a discussion of the significance of ethnographic research and its applications in the workplace.

Table of Contents

Part I. DOING ETHNOGRAPHY

1. Culture and Ethnography

2. Microcultures

3. Cultural Informants

4. Discovering Folk Terms

5. Discovering Taxonomic Structure

6. Discovering Meaning

7. Ethnographic Detail and Cultural Focus

8. Cultural Themes and Cultural Adaptation

9. Writing and Using Ethnography

Part 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 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)

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