SpringerBriefs in Education

Doing Ethnography in Teams

A Case Study of Asymmetries in Collaborative Research

Authors: Clerke, Teena, Hopwood, Nick

  • A uniquely honest and penetrating analysis of collaborative fieldwork in ethnography
  • Analyses both the personal and professional aspects
  • Provides detailed insights into the practice of observation, taking field notes, analysis and creating a contemporaneous written record
  • Includes visual representations of the dynamics of the ethnographic research process
  • Offers a fresh understanding of asymmetrical relationships in ethnography research that combines empirical detail with methodological analysis
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This uniquely in-depth book offers a blow-by-blow account of the sometimes problematic dynamics of conducting collaborative fieldwork in ethnography. Tracing the interplay between co-researchers at various points of contact in both professional and personal relations, the analysis draws out the asymmetries which can develop among team members nominally working towards the same ends. It details the often complex dialogues that evolve in an attempt to navigate conflicting interests, such as team members’ resistances to particular methodological ‘recipes’ or research protocols. The authors show that such debates can create an open forum to negotiate new practices.

A key element of this publication is that it goes beyond an analysis of more traditional power relations in research teams comprising members at different academic pay grades. As well as drawing attention to gender-related dynamics in research collaborations, the authors use themselves as an exemplar to demonstrate how differences in age, experience, knowledge, professional skills and background can be exploited to generate positive outcomes constituting much more than the apparent sum of their parts. In doing so, the authors reveal the delightful, surprising and yet challenging aspects of research collaboration that are often absent from the qualitative literature.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Outline of the Study and Researcher Backgrounds

    Clerke, Teena (et al.)

    Pages 1-4

  • Ethnography as Collective Research Endeavor

    Clerke, Teena (et al.)

    Pages 5-18

  • Asymmetry in Ethnographic Fieldwork

    Clerke, Teena (et al.)

    Pages 19-37

  • Teamwork Processes

    Clerke, Teena (et al.)

    Pages 39-67

  • Researcher Reflections

    Clerke, Teena (et al.)

    Pages 69-77

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-05618-0
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-05617-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Doing Ethnography in Teams
Book Subtitle
A Case Study of Asymmetries in Collaborative Research
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Education
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-05618-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-05618-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-05617-3
Series ISSN
2211-1921
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 96
Number of Illustrations and Tables
22 b/w illustrations
Topics