Ethnographic methods

Wilkinson, Cai 2012, Ethnographic methods, in Critical approaches to security : an introduction to theories and methods, Routledge, Oxon, England, pp.129-145.


Title Ethnographic methods
Author(s) Wilkinson, Cai
Title of book Critical approaches to security : an introduction to theories and methods
Editor(s) Shepherd, Laura J.
Publication date 2012
Chapter number 11
Total chapters 19
Start page 129
End page 145
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication Oxon, England
Keyword(s) security
critical security studies
international relations
research methods
ethnographic methods
interpretivism
Summary This chapter explores the process of generating the 'thick description' that is the product of interpretive ethnographic research. The chapter begins with an overview of the history of ethnographic methods and their current place within International Relations and Security Studies, before going on to outline the key characteristics of a critical interpretive ethnographic methodology. In the following section a three-stage model of the research process is presented and illustrated with examples taken from the author's fieldwork in Kyrgyzstan in 2005-2006 on understandings of security. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the limitations of ethnographic methods.
ISBN 9780415680165
9780415680172
9780203076873
Language eng
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049870

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