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Symbolic Interaction and Ethnographic Research : Intersubjectivity and the Study of Human Lived Experience - Robert C. Prus

Symbolic Interaction and Ethnographic Research

Intersubjectivity and the Study of Human Lived Experience

Paperback Published: 30th November 1995
ISBN: 9780791427026
Number Of Pages: 326

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Examines a series of theoretical and methodological issues faced by social scientists in interpretive and ethnographic studies of human group life.

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"I think that this book could become the single, most definitive dissenting statement about postmodern ethnography. An erudite treatise of the epistemological underpinnings and practical realities of ethnographic research, it provides a timely, thoughtful, and provocative treatment of major debates about doing ethnographic research and social science inquiry. It does not simply make another contribution to the literature, it represents the author's mature reflections that can only come through deep involvement in the issues throughout an entire career. In this way, the book is a culminating piece of work that pulls together and explicates crucial debates about the nature, significance, and representation of ethnographic research. Prus' work is a crowning intellectual accomplishment." - Kathy Charmaz, Sonoma State University

Foreword by Kathy Charmaz Preface Acknowledgments 1. STUDYING HUMAN LIVED EXPERIENCE An Introduction to the Intersubjective Enterprise Social Science and an Introduction to the Postitivist-Interpretivist Debate Symbolic Interaction and the Study of Human Lived Experience Ethnographic Research: The Quest for Intimate Familiarity Overview of the Volume 2. INTERPRETIVE ROOTS Experience as Intersubjective Reality The Hermeneutic (Interpretive) Tradition Wilhelm Dilthey: Interpretation as Intersubjectivity Georg Simmel: Form and Content Max Weber: Emphasizing and Obscuring Verstehen Sociology Wilhelm Wundt: Intersubjective Dimensions of Folk Psychology American Pragmatism: Practical Accomplishment Early Interactionism: Theory and Methods Charles Horton Cooley: Language, Process, and Sympathetic Introspection George Herbert Mead: Mind, Self, and Society in Action Conclusion 3. CONTEMPORARY VARIANTS OF THE INTERPRETIVE TRADITION Symbolic Interaction et al. Chicago-Style Symbolic Interaction: Herbert Blumer Other Variants of the Interpretive Approach The Iowa School of Symbolic Interaction Dramaturgical Sociology Labeling Theory Phenomenological Sociology The Philosophical Underpinnings of Everyday Life Reality Construction Theory Ethnomethodology Structuration Theory The New (Constructionist) Sociology of Science 4. THE ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH TRADITION Encountering the Other Historical and Anthropological Dimensions of Ethnographic Research Ethnography as a Sociological Venture: Field Research at the University of Chicago Albion Small: Organizer and Facilitator William Isaac Thomas (and Florian Znaniecki): The Polish Peasant George Herbert Mead: Symbolic Significances of the Human Group Ellsworth Faris: Ethnographer in the Shadows Robert Ezra Park and Ernest Burgess: Exploring the City Student Ethnographies: Learning by Doing Chicago Sociology in Transition Everett Hughes: Sociologist at Work Herbert Blumer: Providing the Conceptual Base Carrying On the Tradition 5 GENERIC SOCIAL PROCESS Transcontextualizing Ethnographic Inquiry Generic Social Processes and the Study of Human Group Life The Chicago Influence Other Statements on Generic Social Processes Achieving Ethnographic Transcontextuality Acquiring Perspectives Achieving Identity Being Involved Doing Activity Experiencing Relationships Forming and Coordinating Associations Conclusions 6 EXPERIENCING EMOTIONALITY Affectivity as a Generic Social Process Emotionality: Interactionist Dimensions Learning to Define Emotional Experiences Developing Techniques for Expressing and Controlling Emotional Experiences Experiencing Emotional Episodes and Entanglements Emotionality and the Ethnographer Self Sustaining the Ethnographic Focus Ethnographic Research and Generic Social Processes Managing and Expressing Emotionality in the Field 7. BETWIXT POSITIVIST PROCLIVITIES AND POSTMODERNIST PROPENSITIES Pursuing the Pragmatics of Presence through the Ethnographic Other Positivist/Structuralist Social Science: Premises, Pursuits, and Pitfalls Positivist Physical Science and Social Science Orientations Positivist Dilemmas: Epistemological Challenges and Motivated Resistances Synthesis and Reconciliations: Feasibilities and Practical Limitations Postmodernist Propensities: Nietzschean Skepticism, Linguistic Reductionism, and Mixed Agendas Postmodernist Methodological Resurrectionism: Representing and Obscuring the Ethnographic Other 8. OBDURATE REALITY AND THE INTERSUBJECTIVE OTHER The Problematics of Representation and the Privilege of Presence (with Lorne Dawson) On the Nature of "Obdurate Reality" The Problematics of Representation and the "Privilege of Presence" References Index of Names Index of Terms

ISBN: 9780791427026
ISBN-10: 0791427021
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 326
Published: 30th November 1995
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49

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