What is Autoethnography?

Researchers are usually familiar with the term “ethnography”, which is a research approach that examines culture through being there. Ethnographers typically embed themselves in settings and observe what is going on. They get to know participants over extended periods of time, use interviews to understand participants’ perspectives about their lives and cultures, and perhaps collect … Continue reading What is Autoethnography?

Academic Writing Month: AcWriMo 2018

In case you missed it, November is Academic Writing month! Even though this starts at the beginning of the month, there’s still time to get started and keep going. And if you don't have others in your locale to support your writing, there are plenty of resources to be found. Here are a few... Emerald … Continue reading Academic Writing Month: AcWriMo 2018

Exploring archival collections: The American Folklife Center

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress preserves records of American folklife. The Center both conducts and facilitates research on folklife and culture. Materials include songs, stories, images and documents associated with ethnographic fieldwork. The Center takes care of over 6 million items dating from the 1890s to the present. Winick and Bartis (2016) point … Continue reading Exploring archival collections: The American Folklife Center

Teaching qualitative inquiry

Historically, a range of approaches has been used to teach qualitative research methods. This includes approaches in which students learn by “trial and error” in field settings (e.g., one can read accounts in the work of anthropologists of how scholars learned by doing); are “apprenticed” to a senior scholar, and tend to follow the traditions … Continue reading Teaching qualitative inquiry

Call for nominations: ICQI 2019 Qualitative Book Award

This award is conferred annually to a member of the qualitative and ethnographic community who has published the English-language book that best represents an important contribution to qualitative inquiry. Eligible books should not be edited books or anthologies. They should be single or co-authored. They will use and advance qualitative methods to investigate any topic … Continue reading Call for nominations: ICQI 2019 Qualitative Book Award

Recently published qualitative studies

This semester I’m using several recently published studies with one of my classes. Here are two, both of which discuss “whiteness” and “white privilege”, albeit from different perspectives and in different contexts. Timothy Lensmire’s book, White folks: Race and identity in rural America (Lensmire, 2017) explores whiteness through in-depth qualitative interviews that the author conducted … Continue reading Recently published qualitative studies

Assistant Professor of Qualitative Research Methods

The Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia invites applications for a position as an Assistant Professor with expertise in Qualitative Research Methods to begin in August 2019. The Qualitative Research program offers a PhD degree as well as an interdisciplinary certification program in qualitative research methods. Information about the … Continue reading Assistant Professor of Qualitative Research Methods

Considering the ontological properties of a research phenomenon

Recently, I was using a different lens on my camera to take photos around my garden. Although I should not have been too surprised, I was amazed to see just how different things looked through a new lens. What I took to be an "ordinary" piece of moss was hardly recognizable to me when viewed … Continue reading Considering the ontological properties of a research phenomenon

Programs in Qualitative Research at the University of Georgia

Greetings all, If you are interested in further studies in qualitative research methodology, the  Qualitative Research Program at the University of Georgia offers a graduate certificate and PhD program. Please click on the link to the screencast below if you would like to learn more. If you have questions, do let me know. Programs in … Continue reading Programs in Qualitative Research at the University of Georgia

Evidence and Ethnomethodology

As Mason (2018, p. 34) writes, “questions about whether qualitative data can constitute ‘evidence’, and about how the quality of qualitative research can be judged, are particularly fraught ones.” This blogpost looks at one approach to research —ethnomethodology —and considers how “evidence” has been discussed. Harold Garfinkel developed an approach to the study of social … Continue reading Evidence and Ethnomethodology