The Chicago Guide To Collaborative Ethnography

Paperback | September 15, 2005

byLuke Eric Lassiter

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Collaboration between ethnographers and subjects has long been a product of the close, intimate relationships that define ethnographic research. But increasingly, collaboration is no longer viewed as merely a consequence of fieldwork; instead collaboration now preconditions and shapes research design as well as its dissemination. As a result, ethnographic subjects are shifting from being informants to being consultants. The emergence of collaborative ethnography highlights this relationship between consultant and ethnographer, moving it to center stage as a calculated part not only of fieldwork but also of the writing process itself.

The Chicago Guide to Collaborative Ethnography presents a historical, theoretical, and practice-oriented road map for this shift from incidental collaboration to a more conscious and explicit collaborative strategy. Luke Eric Lassiter charts the history of collaborative ethnography from its earliest implementation to its contemporary emergence in fields such as feminism, humanistic anthropology, and critical ethnography. On this historical and theoretical base, Lassiter outlines concrete steps for achieving a more deliberate and overt collaborative practice throughout the processes of fieldwork and writing. As a participatory action situated in the ethical commitments between ethnographers and consultants and focused on the co-construction of texts, collaborative ethnography, argues Lassiter, is among the most powerful ways to press ethnographic fieldwork and writing into the service of an applied and public scholarship.

A comprehensive and highly accessible handbook for ethnographers of all stripes, The Chicago Guide to Collaborative Ethnography will become a fixture in the development of a critical practice of anthropology, invaluable to both undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty alike.

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Collaboration between ethnographers and subjects has long been a product of the close, intimate relationships that define ethnographic research. But increasingly, collaboration is no longer viewed as merely a consequence of fieldwork; instead collaboration now preconditions and shapes research design as well as its dissemination. As a ...

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Collaboration between ethnographers and subjects has long been a product of the close relationships that define ethnographic research. But increasingly, collaboration is no longer viewed as merely a consequence of fieldwork; instead collaboration now preconditions and shapes research design as well as its dissemination. As a result, et...

Luke Eric Lassiter is professor and director of the graduate humanities program at Marshall University Graduate College. He is the author or coauthor of four previous books, including Invitation to Anthropology.  

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:September 15, 2005Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226468909

ISBN - 13:9780226468907

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Part One - History and Theory
1. From "Reading over the Shoulders of Natives" to "Reading alongside Natives," Literally: Toward a Collaborative and Reciprocal Ethnography
2. Defining a Collaborative Ethnography
3. On the Roots of Ethnographic Collaboration
4. The New (Critical) Ethnography: On Feminist and Postmodern Approaches to Collaboration
Part Two - Practice
5. Ethics and Moral Responsibility
6. Ethnographic Honesty
7. Accessible Writing
8. Collaborative Reading, Writing, and Co-interpretation
Notes
References
Index

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"Lassiter presents a historical, theoretical, and practice-oriented road map for shift from incidental collaboration to a more conscious and explicit collaborative strategy. . . . It's a very important and timely, comprehensive and accessible book."