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Ethnography: Principles and Practice: Principles in Practice [Paperback]

Martin Hammersley , Paul Atkinson
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1 Dec 1994
Thoroughly updated, this accessible introduction to the methods of ethnographic fieldwork reconsiders the status of ethnography and places it quite explicitly in a general methodological context.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (1 Dec 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415086647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415086646
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 13.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 649,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Martyn Hammersley is Professor of Educational and Social Research at the Open University. His early research was in the sociology of education, focusing in particular on teachers' perspectives, patterns of classroom interaction, and assessment regimes. More recently he has investigated the representation of social research findings in the mass media. His most recent books are Taking Sides in Social Research (2000), Educational Research: Policy Making and Practice (2002), and Media Bias in Reporting Social Research? (2006).

Paul Atkinson is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at Cardiff University, where he is Associate Director of the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics. His main research interests include the sociology of cultural production, the sociology of medical knowleddge, with particular emphasis on the social consequences of new genetic technologies and the development of qualitative research methods, including applications of information technology. His most recent books have been Everyday Arias: An Operatic Ethnography (2005) and Interactionism with William Housley (2003). Together with Sara Delamont he edits the journal Qualitative Research.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best textbook I've ever read & studied from 16 Aug 2008
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This book is the course text for the Open University ethnography module, D844, and it's one of the few textbooks which I've found truly enjoyable to read. It's a great introduction to ethnography (which I've never studied before), and is very thorough, deep and detailed, without at any point becoming too dry. Hammersley and Atkinson really explain the concepts tackled, and never fall into the trap of merely scratching the surface and then moving on (a textbook trait which I find infuriating!).

There are many illustrative examples taken from a diverse range of previous ethnographic studies, so that theory and practice are linked. This book is clear, the authors' enthusiasm comes across by the bucketful, and most importantly this gives an excellent grounding in the nature, practicalities and possibilities of ethnographic research. If only all textbooks could be like this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought 3 Jan 2013
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For anyone who is about to undertake an ethnographic piece of research this is the book to get. It is not a prescriptive manual, instead it gives you food for thought on all aspects of ethnographic research. This is the book that you will refer to again and again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars useless for work purposes 6 Jun 2012
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This is the review for the kindle edition, which I bought as it was more convenient than a text book, and would allow me to highlight text etc for usage as quotes etc. However it appears that it doesn't contain page numbers, so as such if a quote is required, it is impossible to reference this correctly which will require the use of the book itself. I've no idea what the textbook itself is like as I haven't yet read it, (its required as part of my course as someone has already mentioned) but please bear this in mind before purchasing the kindle version
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough discussion of field work and possible problems 24 Jun 1998
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I enjoyed this book. Gave lots of examples of issues to consider and heaps of references, even though quite a few were dated. Little too 'modernist' is some areas, that is, gave little diversity in opinions. Worth reading if you are planning on, or already doing, ethnographic fieldwork.
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