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Doing Ethnography (ESRC Advanced Training Course)

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This two-day intensive course considers in detail 'ethnography' as a qualitative research method.

It explores the underlying principles and practices of the approach, which, broadly speaking, involves studying people 'at first hand', in detail, usually at length and in the context in which they live, work, play etc.

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8th June 2017 – 9th June 2017

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Course Leader

Dr Stephen Timmons

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Course Description

'Doing Ethnography' will explore:

  • Key concepts and approaches
  • Important ethnographic studies
  • Critiques, strengths and weaknesses
  • Designing and planning your own ethnographic study.

Students will experience a range of learning methods including lectures, workshops, film viewings, student presentations and group work.

The course will explore the historic development of the ethnographic tradition from its inception in the field of anthropology (e.g. Malinowski), early use in sociology (including the Chicago School's research into urban sociology).

It will consider the contested terrain of defining what constitutes ethnographic research and how it has been conceptualised and theorised, paying particular attention to researcher subjectivity and how this impacts 'hands-on' research.

Data-collection methods including interviewing, participant observation, text collection and photography will be explored in great detail.

Students from the Universities of Nottingham, Birmingham or Warwick wishing to attend this course should please contact for separate registration instructions.

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