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Doing Ethnography

Studying Everyday Life

edited by Dorothy Pawluch, William Shaffir & Charlene Miall

Canadian Scholars' Press Inc.
Initial publish date
Oct 2005
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    Oct 2005
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Doing Ethnography is an essential text for courses in ethnography, research methods (qualitative emphasis), applied sociology, and related subjects across Canada. This unique volume first considers the merits of qualitative research, profiles interviewing strategies, and discusses the relationships to respondents and how to write about social life.
The second portion of Doing Ethnography contains three sections: constructing perspectives, constructing identities, as well as doing and relating. Case studies and original research are featured throughout.
The editors, Dorothy Pawluch, William Shaffir, and Charlene Miall, emphasize the importance of studying social interaction. "In truth, any question about society, big or small, is ultimately about people interacting with each other. Whether the issue is changing gender relationships, corporate deeds and misdeeds, class structures, or the school performance of children from cultural minorities, it all comes down to one thing: people doing things together."

About the authors

Dr. Dorothy Pawluch is Associate Professor at McMaster University, Department of Sociology. Her areas of expertise are sociology of health, deviance, work and occupations, and social psychology.

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Dr. William Shaffir is Professor of Sociology at McMaster University. His areas of expertise are socialization and conversion, ethnic relations, religious communities, and field research methods.

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Dr. Charlene E. Miall is Professor of Sociology at McMaster University. Her areas of expertise are the social construction of knowledge, social psychology, deviance, family, and qualitative methods.

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Editorial Reviews

"The Canadian content is particularly interesting and important with regard to this book. The examples shown will relate easily to the life experiences of many Canadian students."— “Tanya Cassidy, University of Windsor

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