Full of practical 'how to' tips for applying theoretical methods - 'doing ethgraphy' - this book also provides anecdotal evidence and advice for new and experienced researchers on how to engage with their own participation in the field - 'being ethgraphic'. The book clearly sets out the important definitions, methods and applications of field research whilst reinforcing the infinite variability of the human subject and addressing the challenges presented by ethgraphers' own passions, intellectual interests, biases and ideologies. Classic and personal real-world case studies are used by the author to introduce new researchers to the reality of applying ethgraphic theory and practice in the field. The topics include: Talking to People: negotiations, conversations & interviews; Being with People: participation; Looking at People: observations & images; Description: writing 'down' field tes; Analysis to Interpretation: writing 'out' data; and, Interpretation to Story: writing 'up' ethgraphy. Clear, engaging and original, this book provides invaluable advice as well as practical tools and study aids for those engaged in ethgraphic research.
Dr Raymond Madden is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology in the Department of Social Enquiry at La Trobe University, Bundoora, Melbourne, Australia. Over the past 2 decdes he has conducted ethnogrpahic research with Aboriginal Austrlaians from Western Victoria, and more recently he has undertaken research with people and their greyhounds.