Delving into the field: Is there an optimal level of participation in ethnography?

Emily Gartshore, Alison Burton, Olga Klein, Erica Miles, Sumantra Maitra

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Abstract

High profile accounts of researchers ‘going native’ have been the focus of much academic debate.1 However what level of participation is appropriate, from a disciplinary perspective, has received less attention. Seminal ethnographic studies have advocated total immersion within the researched community,2 yet many professional disciplines (e.g. health, statutory social work or education) would consider full participation ethically and methodologically challenging.3-5 Other disciplines (e.g. politics and international relations) have traditionally dismissed ethnography due to their epistemological standpoint. With varying levels of participation across ethnographic research, we must ask the question ‘is there an optimal level of participation?’
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventUniversity of Nottingham 2016 Annual Research Showcase - Nottingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Jun 201615 Jun 2016

Conference

ConferenceUniversity of Nottingham 2016 Annual Research Showcase
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityNottingham
Period15/06/1615/06/16

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    Gartshore, E., Burton, A., Klein, O., Miles, E., & Maitra, S. (2016). Delving into the field: Is there an optimal level of participation in ethnography?. Poster session presented at University of Nottingham 2016 Annual Research Showcase, Nottingham, United Kingdom.