Ethnographic Research and Analysis

Anxiety, Identity and Self

  • Tom Vine
  • Jessica Clark
  • Sarah Richards
  • David Weir

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Tom Vine, Jessica Clark, Sarah Richards, David Weir
    Pages 1-12
  3. Allison Boggis
    Pages 77-96
  4. David Weir, Daniel Clarke
    Pages 127-154
  5. Ngaire Bissett, Sharon Saunders, Carolina Bouten Pinto
    Pages 253-272
  6. Tom Vine, Jessica Clark, Sarah Richards, David Weir
    Pages 301-308
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 309-315

About this book


This book reflects on the contemporary use of ethnography across both social and natural sciences, focusing in particular on organizational ethnography, autoethnography, and the role of storytelling. The chapters interrogate and reframe longstanding ethnographic discussions, including those concerning reflexivity and positionality, while exploring evolving themes such as the experiential use of technologies. The open and honest accounts presented in the volume explore the perennial anxieties, doubts and uncertainties of ethnography. Rather than seek ways to mitigate these ‘inconvenient’ but inevitable aspects of academic research, the book instead finds significant value to these experiences. 

Taking the position that collections of ethnographic work are better presented as transdisciplinary bricolage rather than as discipline-specific series, each chapter in the collection begins with a reflection on the existing impact and character of ethnographic research within the author’s native discipline. The book will appeal to all academic researchers with an interest in qualitative methods, as well as to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students.


ethnography science humanities autoethnography storytelling identity research methods in education research methodology in social sciences

Editors and affiliations

  • Tom Vine
    • 1
  • Jessica Clark
    • 2
  • Sarah Richards
    • 3
  • David Weir
    • 4
  1. 1.University of SuffolkIpswichUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of SuffolkIpswichUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.University of SuffolkIpswichUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.York St John UniversityYorkUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-58554-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-58555-4
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