Tags: observation

Notes on "Writing Ethnography" (Emerson, Fretz, Shaw)

2 styles of working in the field & taking field notes: immersion into daily activities, & participating as preparation to write

the affect of fieldnote-taking on relationships with consultants

participating in order to write: deciding what/when/how to take fieldnotes, protecting confidentiality of fieldnotes when writing in the field, preserving research commitments & authentic relationships with collaborators. taking fieldnotes & issues of informed consent & ethical writing practices. judging the appropriatness of fieldnote-taking. open jotting, the evolution of fieldnote taking & personal relationships as research progresses.

looking in order to write: noting initial impressions, noting others impressions, especially those of newcomers; observing key events or incidents; recording feelings & impressions & analyzing these to sympathize with subjects; cultivating an open sensitivity to contextually significant/important events; consider meanings & how subjects invoke these meanings in changing settings and situations;

record key components of setting: what people say, how people interact, etc; avoid generalizations & value judgments; record concrete sensory details abotu speech, interaction, events, & actions. record emotions/feelings as they are explicitly expressed; record sensory data that could be easily forgotten; record impressions/events if significance is apparent but unclear as to why it is;