methods@manchester: research methods in the social sciences

Ethnographic Methods

Ethnographic fieldwork as practiced within contemporary social anthropology is a powerful way of opening up and extending understandings of how human beings live in the world. Ethnography is a disciplined preoccupation with the enactment, articulation and transmission of social imaginaries (values, ideas) and material practices. Find out more...

Films have been used in ethnographic research since the inception of anthropology as a discipline in the late 19th and early 20th Century. This marriage, however, has not always been an easy one. Find out more...

There has been an increasing interest in materiality and material culture within the social sciences in recent years; this poses challenges to the dominance of word-based methods (such as straightforward interviews) within social science methodological approaches. Find out more...

Ethnography is essentially about embedding ourselves as researchers within specific social settings for a prolonged period of time, in order to develop a richer understanding of the dynamics and complexities of social life, social relations, and the workings of society. Find out more...


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