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Garner c15

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Garner c15

  1. 1. Chapter 15 Writing Ethnographic Field Notes (With Gerald R. Suttles)
  2. 2. The Significance Of Field Notes • Field notes constitute the basic evidence upon which field studies depend. – Without high quality and detailed field notes, such studies would be indefensible. • Field notes have two major goals: – Disciplining data gathering and making public the basis of your interpretation. © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.
  3. 3. The Basics Of Field Notes • Handling Time – Chronological Order • Field notes should reflect the time-order in which your observations and inquiries occur. – Episodes • Field notes should consist of episodes, each one having a clear beginning and a clear ending © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.
  4. 4. The Basics Of Field Notes • Breaking down “copping” into its constituent parts, because every “episode” is divisible; – Depending on the level of generalization at which you’re operating • Language and Terminology: The Key to Understanding Insider Views © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.
  5. 5. The Basics Of Field Notes – Throughout the fieldwork process, many changes will occur in how you: • Collect data, your interests, your research questions and hypotheses, and so on. • Concreteness © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.
  6. 6. The Basics Of Field Notes – When you write up your early sets of field notes you will find yourself: • Repeatedly using problematic language • Present Tense – We recommend that you write your field notes in the present tense © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.
  7. 7. The Basics Of Field Notes – The present tense keeps your evidence “fresh” • Contemporaneity – Writing up your notes promptly is another way to maximize accuracy and completeness – How Many Pages Do I Have to Write? © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.
  8. 8. Writing To Think, Thinking To Write: Writing As Thinking • Writing is a form of analysis • From the Periphery to the Core: – Lessons from a Student Ethnography of a Tattoo Parlor in Chicago, IL • Putting the Blinders Back On: Smartly This Time! © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.
  9. 9. Digital Recording Technology • Integrity of Data – The behavior you’re observing changes by virtue your observing it • Logistics – Training yourself to do good ethnographic work © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.
  10. 10. Digital Recording Technology • Integrity of Data – The behavior you’re observing changes by virtue your observing it • Logistics – Training yourself to do good ethnographic work © 2013 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

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