Using critical ethnography to explore issues in health promotion

Cook, Kay 2005, Using critical ethnography to explore issues in health promotion, Qualitative health research, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 129-138, doi: 10.1177/1049732304267751.

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Title Using critical ethnography to explore issues in health promotion
Author(s) Cook, Kay
Journal name Qualitative health research
Volume number 15
Issue number 1
Start page 129
End page 138
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Place of publication Newbury Park, Calif.
Publication date 2005-01
ISSN 1049-7323
Keyword(s) health promotion
critical ethnography
critical discourse analysis
Summary In this article, the author outlines the need for a critical research method in the field of health promotion to explore the determinants of health. These determinants, including healthy child development, employment and working conditions, and education, for example, underlie many of the health issues that individuals experience. They are, in turn, influenced by nebulous factors such as patterns of inequality, and cultural norms, which are difficult to research using conventional methodologies. The author provides an overview of critical ethnography as a method for health promotion research. She describes specific data collection and analysis techniques, with the addition of critical discourse analysis to add scope to ethnographic findings. She concludes with an overview of the congruence between critical ethnography and health promotion research, including a discussion of the differences between critical ethnography and participatory action research.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1049732304267751
Field of Research 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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