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Arbeit zur Sprache bringen : der ethnographische Zugang

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Spittler, Gerd:
Arbeit zur Sprache bringen : der ethnographische Zugang.
Wien , 2014 . - 31 p. - (Vienna Working Papers in Ethnography ; 1 )

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There is often a wide gulf between the way we talk about work and the real practice of work.
Which are the most helpful methodological approaches and what is the role of interviews and discussions? A semantic study of the lexical field for "work" in different languages constitutes a common approach, but the insights this can bring are limited. More helpful is the analysis of whole interviews and texts, but this also gives only a partial understanding of actual work practices.
Such linguistic approaches need to be complemented by other methods, especially observation and participant observation. Four ethnographic case studies are presented which illustrate this combination of methods: ethnographic interviews and participant observation of the work of a waitress (Spradley), conversations by and with Columbian peasants (Gudeman and Rivera), ethnomethodological studies of interactions with photocopiers (Suchman and Orr),and thick participation among Tuareg herders (Spittler). Apart from the methodological approach to studying work, there is also the question of how to present research results in a text(writing culture). This is difficult in the case of such a mundane topic as work, which generally has nothing very exciting to offer. How it can succeed is shown by the example of the Marienthal study.

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Item Type: Book / Monograph
Keywords: Ethnologie; Ethnographie
ISSN der Serie: 2311-231X
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social and Cultural Anthropology
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Former Professors > Lehrstuhl Ethnologie - Prof. em. Dr. Gerd Spittler
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Former Professors
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2018 09:59
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2020 06:42
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/46450