Doing Critical Ethnography

Doing Critical Ethnography

by Jim Thomas

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803939226
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 11/19/1992
Series: Qualitative Research Methods , #26
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

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 Domestication
Beginning to Think Critically
Implementing Critical Ethnography
Empirical Application
Conclusion
Tricks, Traps, and Moving Beyond

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