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Definition of Ethnography

(noun) A qualitative research method in which a researcher observes a social setting to provide descriptions of a group, society, or organization.

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  • Plural: ethnographies
  • A type of qualitative research.
  • Also called descriptive anthropology.
  • An (noun) ethnographer uses the research methodology of ethnography to produce (adjective) ethnographic or (adjective) ethnographical work (adverb) ethnographically.

Related Quotation

  • “Ethnographers seek out the insider’s viewpoint. Because culture is the knowledge people use to generate behavior and interpret experience, the ethnographer seeks to understand group members’ behavior from the inside, or cultural, perspective. Instead of looking for a subject to observe, ethnographers look for an informant to teach them the culture” (Spradley and McCurdy 2008:4).

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Reference

Spradley, James P., and David W. McCurdy, eds. 2008. Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology. 13th ed. Boston: Pearson Education.

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Cite the Definition of Ethnography

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “ethnography.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/ethnography/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

ethnography. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/ethnography/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “ethnography.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/ethnography/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“ethnography.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/ethnography/>.