Urban Ethnography: Legacies and Challenges Vol: 16

Richard E. Ocejo
John Jay College and the Graduate Centre, USA

Product Details
22 Oct 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
232 pages - 152 x 229mm
Research in Urban Sociology
Urban ethnography has produced some of the most influential and memorable studies in sociology since the discipline's founding. Showcasing the ideas, analysis, and perspectives of experts in the method conducting research on a wide array of social phenomena in a variety of city contexts, this volume provides a look at the legacies of urban ethnography's methodological traditions and some of the challenges its practitioners face today. 

This volume considers the ongoing influence of esteemed scholars in the famed 'Chicago School' in teaching ethnography and mentoring young ethnographers. In doing this it addresses the numerous definitions of space and place that ethnographers grapple with, considers the social and spatial locations in which research is conducted, and examines the intertwined forms of social identity that shape the relationships that scholars form in the field, as well as the data they produce. In addition to these themes, the authors in this volume also consider the importance of taking a global perspective when conducting local fieldwork, and of taking an intersectional approach to reflexivity and analysis. 

Mixing self-reflection, practical guidance, theoretical engagement, empirical analysis, and even humor, the chapter authors offer a large slice of what ethnography has to offer for understanding the global urban world.
Introduction. Building Bridges in Urban Ethnography; Richard E. Ocejo 
Part I. The Legacy of the Chicago School  
Chapter 1. From Chicago to Bologna: The Persistent Importance of the Chicago School in American and Italian Urban Sociology; Gabriele Manella 
Chapter 2. Global Ethnography: Lessons from the Chicago School; Victoria Reyes 
Part II. How to Train Ethnographers 
Chapter 3. Becoming the City: Teaching Urban Ethnography and Mentoring Urban Ethnographers; Stefan Timmermans and Pamela J. Prickett 
Chapter 4. Teaching and Learning the Craft: The Construction of Ethnographic Objects; Katherine Jensen and Javier Auyero 
Part III. Thinking about Space and Place  
Chapter 5. Place Exploration: Six Tensions to Better Conceptualize Place as a Social Actor in Urban Ethnography; Thomas Corcoran, Jennifer Abrams, and Jonathan R. Wynn 
Chapter 6. Interaction Order as Cultural Sociology within Urban Ethnography; Waverly Duck and Mitchell Kiefer
Chapter 7. Visibility is Survival: The Chocolate Maps of Black Gay Life in Urban Ethnography; Marcus Anthony Hunter and Terrell J.A. Winder  
Chapter 8. The Missing Middle Class: Race, Suburban Ethnography, and the Challenges of "Studying Up"; Karyn Lacy  
Part IV. Layered Identities 
Chapter 9. Black (American) Girl in the Banlieue: Doing Race and Ethnography as an American in France; Jean Beaman 
Chapter 10. The Gendered Dynamics of Urban Ethnography: What the Researcher's "Location" Means for the Production of Ethnographic Knowledge; Rebecca Hanson  
Chapter 11. The Migrant Ethnographer: When the Field Becomes Home; James Farrer
Richard E. Ocejo is Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. His research and teaching interests include urban and cultural sociology, community studies, work and occupations, and research methods.

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