Re: [xmca] real fieldwork experiences of ethnographers

From: Clifford Morris (
Date: Sun Apr 02 2006 - 07:33:27 PDT

Hi Folks,

Recently, I reviewed a 2002 book, "Doing a Doctorate in Educational
Ethnography". Edited by Geoffrey Walford, the book was Volume 7 in "Series
in Educational Ethnography". For whatever it's worth to this discussion,
my review is who-is-at

Cliff Morris


At 09:14 PM 01/04/2006 -0800, Kathryn Alexander wrote:
>A great book about "doing ethnography" is Fieldnotes: the makings of
>ethnography By Roger Sanjek
>1990 - which is all about the activity of doing "it" and what a
>fieldnote is - each chapter is a separate response from an ethnography
>about how the write fieldnotes, how they do their work - what their
>relationship is this making process through living and recording and
>Fieldnotes : the makings of anthropology / edited by Roger Sanjek.
>Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1990.
>Margery Wolfe's
>s A thrice told tale is intriguing because it is a tryptych in time and
>space and genres by MArgery Wolfe about retold in three
>modalities, chronotopes and perpsectives - (wife and gaad student
>researcher/ fictional narrative/ senior legit anthropologist - writing
>up the same "event") I modeled my thesis on this thrice told tale
>metaphone when I was attempting to develop a way of looking
>at ethnography as a textual practice - ( wee bit of Dorothy
>Smith's work on doucmentation as the conceptual relations of ruling -
>giddens/mead /Bakhtin ) and
>Paul Atkinson's monograph "Understanding Ethnography"
>and one that I found compelling was about fieldworkers being in dangerous
>places Fieldwork under fire : contemporary studies of violence and
>survival / edited by Carolyn Nordstrom, Antonius C.G.M.
>Robben. Published Berkeley : University of California Press, c1995.
>I always liked "Women Writing Culture - Behar and Gordon, because they
>take on the mystique of Clifford and marcus -
>>Can anyone point me to publications on the real life, dirty laundry,
>>accounts of ethnographers about their field experiences. I
>>seem to recall the existence of such a book, but cannot for the life of me
>>find it. Maybe just wishful thinking?
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