What counts as ethnography and what counts as good ethnographic methodology are both highly contested. Volume 6 of this expanding series of books draws together a collection of chapters presenting a diversity of views on some of the debates and developments in ethnographic methodology. It does not try to present a single coherent view but, through its heterogeneity, illustrates the strength and liveliness of debate within this area. The chapters cover central topics such as the challenges to conventional views about validity in ethnographic work, feminist research, comparison within ethnographic research, the public identification of research sites, and the ethics and practice of research involving children. Other chapters deal with relatively newer topics such as the conduct of electronic ethnography, the development of the imagination and emotion within ethnographic writing, and the use of hypertext in the analysis and representation of ethnographic work.
Introduction - debates and developments, G. Walford; Ethnography and the disputes over validity, M. Hammersley; No ethnography without comparison - the methodological significance of comparison in ethnographic research, F. Vogt; Ways of knowing - knowing the way(s)? Reflections on doing feminist fieldwork with mature students, G. O'Toole; As a researcher between children and teachers, S. Lappalainen; Diversity as a perspective for ethnography, from a "critical" child to an ethnographer with little patience, R. Soenen; Why don't researchers name their research sites?, G. Walford; "Making spaces" - researching citizenship and difference in schools, T. Gordon et al; Doing electronic educational ethnography - issues of interpretive quality and legitimacy in virtual reality, R. Silva; From fieldnotes to research texts - making actions meaningful in a research context, E.C. Melhuus; The deceptive imagination and ethnographic writing, D. Beach; (Hyper)text, analysis and method - notes on the construction of an ethnographic hypermedia environment - stories of rape crisis counsellor training, J. Rath;