Ethnographic Practices for the 21st Century
- Norman K. Denzin - University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign, USA
Ethnography | Qualitative Research (General) | Sociological Research Methods
The author ponders the prospects, problems and forms of ethnographic interpretive writing in the twenty-first century. He argues cogently and persuasively that postmodern ethnography is the moral discourse of the contemporary world, and that ethnographers can and should explore new types of experimental texts - performance-based texts, literary journalism and narratives of the self - to form a new ethics of inquiry.
A useful text for getting to grips with Ethnography and making sense of using Interpretive Ethnography as a research method.
This is a beautifully written, creatively "performed" (esp. considering the date it was published -1997) account on new horizons of interpretive ethnographic practice. Denzin surfs between literature and cinema, theory and practice, poems and narratives to demonstrate performative nature of ethnography.