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Writing Ethnography


Part of the Teaching Writing book series (WRIT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Writing Ethnographicaly

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jessica Smartt Gullion
      Pages 3-6
    3. Jessica Smartt Gullion
      Pages 7-9
    4. Jessica Smartt Gullion
      Pages 11-13
    5. Jessica Smartt Gullion
      Pages 15-17
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      Pages 19-23
    7. Jessica Smartt Gullion
      Pages 25-29
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  3. Narrative Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Jessica Smartt Gullion
      Pages 53-58
    3. Jessica Smartt Gullion
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About this book


The Teaching Writing series publishes user-friendly writing guides penned  by authors with publishing records in their subject matter. While ethnographers inevitably write up their findings from the field, many ethnography textbooks focus more on the ‘ethno’ portion of our craft, and less on developing our ‘graph’ skills. Gullion fills that gap, helping ethnographers write compelling, authentic stories about their fieldwork. From putting the first few words on the page, to developing a plot line, to publishing, Writing Ethnography offers guidance for all stages of the writing process. Writing prompts throughout the book encourage the development of manuscripts from start to finish. Appropriate for both new and emerging scholars, Writing Ethnography is a useful text for qualitative methods, research methods courses across disciplines.

“This is a must read for anyone who is learning about ethnography and is unsure about how to start writing.” – Kakali Bhattacharya, PhD, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Kansas State University

“I love this writer because she does her homework, cares about her readers, and writes a damn good story. Buy this book immediately.” – Anne Harris, PhD, Senior Lecturer of Education, Monash University and author of Critical Plays: Embodied Research for Social Change and The Creative Turn: Toward a New Aesthetic Imaginary

“In this foundational text, Gullion accomplishes the herculean task of talking about the overlooked process of ethnographic writing with an intimate tone. It is like we are seated at her desk writing along with her. This text will be required reading in my research methods courses and for my graduate students because of the meticulous breakdown of writing practice that creates a text that is both useful and engaging.” – Sandra Faulkner, PhD, Associate Professor of Communication, Bowling Green State University and author of Family Stories, Poetry, and Women’s Work and Poetry as Method: Reporting Research Through Verse

Jessica Smartt Gullion, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Affiliate Faculty of Women’s Studies at Texas Woman’s University. She has published more than thirty peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, in journals such as Qualitative Inquiry, the International Review of Qualitative Research, and the Journal of Applied Social Science. She has also written two additional books, Fracking the Neighborhood: Reluctant Activists and Natural Gas Drilling with the MIT Press and October Birds: A Novel about Pandemic Influenza, Infection Control, and First Responders, which is part of the award-winning Social Fictions Series with Sense Publishers.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Texas Woman’s UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Writing Ethnography
  • Authors Jessica Smartt Gullion
  • Series Title Teaching Writing
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-6300-381-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 154
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Education, general
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