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Practices of Writing in Ethnographic Work

Title data

Schindler, Larissa ; Schäfer, Hilmar:
Practices of Writing in Ethnographic Work.
In: Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. (2020) .
ISSN 1552-5414
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0891241620923396

Abstract in another language

Although the practice of writing is key to the production of ethnographic knowledge, the topic remains understudied. Using material from our own ethnographic research in the fields of air travel and cultural heritage as data, we develop a reflexive account of ethnographic writing. We examine in detail the practices of jotting down observations, writing field notes, analytic annotating, ordering and rearranging, and drafting and revising papers. The article takes a praxeological stance, conceptualizing writing as a practice that is simultaneously cognitive, embodied, and material. Our analysis finds that writing influences and shapes all stages of ethnographic work, from orienting perception by setting an appropriate mode of attention to organizing the work itself, e.g., by keeping to-do lists. Writing does not simply communicate ethnographic insights, but - as a result of the activity of texts - it also generates them.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Epistemological practices; Ethnography; Methodology; Practice theory; STS
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Methods in empirical social research
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Methods in empirical social research > Chair Methods in empirical social research - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Larissa Schindler
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2020 08:49
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2020 08:49
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/55976