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Diffractive Ethnography


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Part I: Engaging the Ontological Turn

Chapter 1. A Turn from What?

Chapter 2. An Overview of Vibrant Materialism

Chapter 3. Paradigm Changes

Part II: Methodological Contradictions in Social Science Inquiry Chapter 4. Objectivity in Research Chapter 5. Instruments of Measurement Chapter 6. Beyond Cause and Effect Chapter 7. Zombie Categories Chapter 8. Data Chapter 9. The Crisis of Representation Chapter 10. Reflexivity and Its Discontents Part III: Diffractive Ethnography Chapter 11. A Brief Overview of Ethnography Chapter 12. Thinking with Theory Chapter 13. Assemblages and Entanglements Chapter 14. Diffraction Chapter 15. The Liveliness of Matter Part IV: Becoming Chapter 16. Healing the Nature/Culture Divide Chapter 17. The Ethics of Entanglements References Index

About the Author

Jessica Smartt Gullion, PhD, is Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas Woman's University, where she teaches courses in research methods and medical and environmental sociology. Her research focuses on qualitative methodology as a tool for social justice.


What would happen if social researchers de-centered themselves and humans? How do social scientists tackle important policy issues? These questions are deftly explored by Gullion in a fascinating and timely volume about the ontological turn in the social sciences. Diffractive Ethnography is for social scientists who want to be rid of hierarchies in order to engage deeply in social justice. It is for those of us who want to throw away the tool box, and see what creative new connections we can make across disciplines and ways of being. This is the most exciting book on methodology I have read in years.

Sandra L. Faulkner, Bowling Green State University, author of Real Women Run

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