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1An Introduction to EthnographyEthnography is the descriptive study of a particular human society or theprocess of making such a study. Based almost entirely on fieldwork,ethnography requires the immersion of the ethnographer in the culture andeveryday life of the people who are the subject of the study (Britannica.com).Ethnography typically involves the study of a small group of subjects intheir own environment and attempts to gain a detailed understanding of thecircumstances of the few subjects being studied. “Ethnographic accounts areboth descriptive and interpretive: descriptive because detail is critical andinterpretive because the ethnographer must determine the significance ofobservations without gathering broad, statistical information.” Clifford Geertzcoined the term “thick description” to convey the methodology of theethnographer (“What is Culture?”).To conduct their research, ethnographers, also called fieldworkers, oftenlive among the people they are studying, or at least spend a considerable

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Anthropology, Sociology, Ethnography, Qualitative Research

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