Doing Ultrarealist Ethnography: Romanticism and Running with the Riotous (While Buying Your Round)

  • James TreadwellEmail author


This chapter considers my own involvement in ethnographic research, considering my own biography and background and how that has helped to steer me towards becoming an ethnographer who works within an ultrarealist perspective. It comprises of some reflections and views on criminological, ethnographic fieldwork; its function and purpose; as well as the less frequently acknowledged backstage realities of such approaches. Where crime is concerned, it suggests flexible and adaptive ethnographic practice can get underneath orthodox perspectives and grapple with the complex realities of everyday life as they are in their social and economic contexts as they emerge, coupled with realism and commitment to depicting the world as it is, and can have a value and utility for real-world subjects like criminology while reflecting on some of my learning from the field.


Ethnography Working-class Risk Ethics Violence Ultrarealism Crime Riots Autoethnography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Staffordshire UniversityStoke-on-TrentUK

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