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Specialized Ethnographic Methods


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List of Tables and Figures List of Examples Introduction Chapter 1: Defining , Collecting, Cataloging, and Analyzing Artifacts Chapter 2: Using Archival and Secondary Data in Ethnographic Research Chapter 3: Elicitation Techniques for Cultural Domain Analysis Chapter 4: Mapping Spatial Data Chapter 5: Conducting Ethnographic Network Studies: Friends, Relatives, and Relevant Others Chapter 6: Studying Hidden and Hard-to-Reach Populations Chapter 7: Using Multimedia Techniques in Ethnographic Research Chapter 8: Creating Participatory Ethnographic Videos Index About the Authors, Artists, and Editors

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Jean J. Schensul is founding director and senior scientist at the Institute for Community Research, Hartford, Connecticut. Margaret D. LeCompte is professor emerita of education and sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.


The fourth volume in the second edition of the excellent seven-volume "Ethnographer's Toolkit" series, this compilation features expert-authored chapters, each dealing with a specialized methodology for conducting applied ethnographic research. Topics include mapping spatial data, studying hidden and hard-to-reach populations and elicitation techniques, using archival and secondary data, utilizing multimedia, and creating participatory ethnographic videos. Experts in various methodologies of specialized ethnographic research explain complicated research tasks and designs, data collection techniques, and analytical strategies in clear, helpful ways; chapters conclude with extensive references. In the introduction, editors LeCompte (Univ. of Colorado) and Schensul (Institute for Community Research, Hartford, CT) provide useful contextual information. Easily visible key points, definitions, cross-references, and case studies that are highlighted in the margins assist readers. Rounding out the volume are lists of examples, tables and figures, and contributor information. Although other applied anthropology textbooks, e.g., A. Erwin's Applied Anthropology: Tools and Perspectives for Contemporary Practice (2nd ed., 2005), are good introductions, this volume is a uniquely essential guide to designing and conducting specialized ethnographic research. Invaluable for professors and students of applied anthropology, educators, social and health services professionals, and others interested in applied anthropological research. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above. * CHOICE *

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