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Simply Institutional Ethnography

Creating a Sociology for People

by (author) Dorothy E. Smith & Alison I. Griffith

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2022
Category
General, General, Social Theory
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781487528065
    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
    List Price
    $28.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781487528058
    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
    List Price
    $65.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487528089
    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
    List Price
    $28.95

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Institutional ethnography (IE) originated as a feminist alternative to sociologies defining people as the objects of study. Instead, IE explores the social relations that dominate the life of the particular subject in focus.

 

Simply Institutional Ethnography is written by two pioneers in the field and grounded in decades of ground-breaking work. Dorothy Smith and Alison Griffith lay out the basics of how institutional ethnography proceeds as a sociology. The book introduces the concepts – Discourse, Work, Text – that institutional ethnographers have found to be key ideas used to organize what they learn from the study of people’s experience. Simply Institutional Ethnography builds an ethnography that makes this material visible as coordinated sequences of social relations that reach beyond the particularities of local experience. In explicating the foundations of IE and its principal concepts, Simply Institutional Ethnography reflects on the ways in which the field may move forward.

About the authors

Dorothy E. Smith is an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria and the author of Everyday World as Problematic: A Feminist Sociology (UTP 1988) and The Conceptual Practices of Power (UTP 1990).

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Alison I. Griffith was a professor emerita in the Faculty of Education at York University.

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