Ethnographic Research

tekijä: Tanja Tuulikki Välisalo Viimeisin muutos tiistai 09. maaliskuuta 2010, 14.49


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Ethnographic research enables you to describe and explain, as well as form interpretations and views, of human action within the context of social environments. Your aim is to gain an overall understanding and description of the chosen phenomenon. You will initially make observations from multiple standpoints of an ethnic community and its environment. You will make the observations within the ethnic environment and in concrete interactions with the community.

The emphasis of your ethnographic research strategy will vary between the outsider and insider researcher position. You will, in the outsider position try to distance yourself from your own cultural ties and observe the researched community as an outsider observer. You will, in the insider position participate intensively and empathetically in the life of the researched community. You can use any of the choice of suitable methods of analysis.

Read more on ethnographic research from the links below:

Ethnography. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Ethnography. New World Encyclopedia.

Garson, David, G., 2008. Ethnographic Research. Quantitative Research in Public Administration. North Carolina State University.

Genzuk, Michael, 2003. A Synthesis of Ethnographic Research. Center for Multilingual, Multicultural Research Digital Papers Series. Center for Multilingual, Multicultural Research, University of Southern California. (pdf)