Introduction: Legal Ethnography: New Dialogues, Enduring Methods

  • June Starr
  • Mark Goodale


This volume is the result of a project in which ethnographers were asked to write essays that explored different research techniques that they have used to understand complex legal issues in a variety of social, political, and legal contexts. Each essay addresses a particular set of analytical problems that the ethnographers have confronted, or a particular type of data or research method that the ethnographer found useful. Because of its detailed focus on actual research techniques by ethnographers studying law in diverse settings, this volume will serve as a guide for students who are designing their own methodologies, for scholars who are new to, but interested in the possibilities of, ethnographic research, and for experienced ethnographers who are interested in theorizing about or reflecting on their own particular methodological problems. Like all ethnographic research, ethnographic studies of legal phenomena require both a serious engagement with theory and a methodological rigor. The chapters in this volume demonstrate how individual scholars have faced this two-part challenge in the course of research in different parts of the world and during different time periods.


Ethnographic Research Society Review Ethnographic Method Ethnographic Approach Archival Research 
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