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The Ethnographic Imagination By Paul Atkinson

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The text describes how one sociological tradition - the ethnographic - has been reflected and represented in books. The author examines selected sociological texts in the light of contemporary social theory and analyzes how their arguments are constructed and illustrated.

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The Ethnographic Imagination: Textual Constructions of Reality by Paul Atkinson

Scholars in the social sciences are realizing more and more the extent to which the work of "scientists" in all disciplines is rhetorical, involving the persuasion of colleagues and students and depending upon textual conventions. Sociological texts themselves are part of a set of traditions and conventions that are in turn part of our academic culture. "The Ethnographic Imagination" explains how one sociological tradition - the ethnographic - has been reflected and represented in its texts. Paul Atkinson looks at selected sociological texts in the light of contemporary social theory and analyzes how their arguments are constructed and illustrated. His discussion ranges widely, from classic ethnographies of the Chicago School up to contemporary monographs. Using a wealth of illustrations, he explores how ethnographic texts persuade their readers of the authenticity of their accounts; how they portray social actors as "characters" and "types"; and how they use narrative to convey social action, and to transmit implicit sociological theory.

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Ethnography as method and as genre; ethnography and the poetics of sociology; ethnography and the poetics of authoritative accounts; ethnography and the representation of reality; voices in the text - exemplars and the poetics of ethnography; narrative and the representation of social action; character and type - the textual construction of actors; writing difference - ethnographic irony.

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GOR004773376
The Ethnographic Imagination: Textual Constructions of Reality by Paul Atkinson
Paul Atkinson
Used - Good
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
1990-08-02
208
0415017610
9780415017619
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.