In this volume, Thomas unites two traditions in social science - critical theory and qualitative research - in an attempt to apply a critical worldview to the conventional logic of cultural inquiry. Rather than standing in opposition to traditional ethnography, it offers a style of considering the direct relationship between knowledge, society, and political action. Thomas addresses the question: If the duty of the researcher entails the righting of social wrongs as well as producing valid research results, how is it possible to juxtapose the two goals? He defines the rules and guidelines for a praxis-oriented ethnographic tradition, one both ideologically engaged and scientifically valid. In addition, he outlines the various types of critical ethnography, explaining the tenets of each and how research can be carried out under these frameworks.
About the Author
Dr. Thomas continues to teach at NIU as adjunct professor. He also teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Thomas remains active in the NIU chapter of the American Correction Association, among other pursuits.
Table of Contents
Resisting DomesticationBeginning to Think CriticallyImplementing Critical EthnographyEmpirical ApplicationConclusion Tricks, Traps, and Moving Beyond