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Ethnography, Culture and Interpretive Analysis

This research group provides a hub for staff and graduate students of the School whose research interests - empirical, methodological and theoretical - are correspondent with ethnographic and/or qualitative methods, and interpretive analysis.

The activities of the group focus on issues around ethnography — as practice and product — and cultural analysis concerned with the interpretive understanding of meaning, symbols and language.

The research group members come from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds including sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, social work, social policy and cultural studies.

There is a strong tradition of ethnographic and interpretive work within the School of Social Sciences, and this group provides a forum for sustaining and developing this work.

Aims

The main aims of the Ethnography, Culture and Interpretive Analysis research group are:

  • to sustain and develop high quality ethnographic, qualitative and interpretive research, writing and other scholarly activity at Cardiff ;
  • to foster the intellectual interests of research group members, and provide support for research and scholarly activity in ethnographic, cultural and interpretive fields;
  • to engage collectively and collaboratively with ongoing and critical debates within ethnographic, cultural and interpretive research;
  • to build on existing national and international research links and collaborations within ethnographic, cultural and interpretive research

Doctoral research fields and areas of supervision Include

  • Laboratory Ethnography
  • Gender and Identity
  • Subcultures and Deviance
  • Art and Culture
  • Contemporary Wales and Political Ethnography
  • Spaces, Places and Material Culture
  • Medical Work
  • Educational Ethnography

Methods and innovation:

  • Mobile Methods
  • Hypermedia
  • Participatory Methods
  • Urban Ethnography
  • Narrative and Discourse
  • Visual Methods
  • Ethnography of Embodiment

The group engages in a range of activities. These include:

  • Data sharing and analysis workshops
  • Occasional guest speakers (often in collaboration with other research groups)
  • Half-day workshops/seminars on key debates, topics and issues
  • Research presentations and development of proposals, via round table meetings and discussion groups
  • The international peer reviewed journal Qualitative Research is edited by senior members of the group
  • Members of the group are also connected with the Knowing Localities in Context projects based inWISERD

Selected publications

Academic staff

Dr Sara Delamont

Dr Sara Delamont

Reader

Email:
delamont@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2251 0119
Professor William Housley

Professor William Housley

Chair in Sociology

Email:
housleyw@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2087 5236
Professor Amanda Coffey

Professor Amanda Coffey

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience and Academic Standards

Email:
coffey@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0657
Professor Bella Dicks

Professor Bella Dicks

Professor in Sociology

Email:
dicksb@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 75231
Professor Emma Renold

Professor Emma Renold

Professor of Childhood Studies

Email:
renold@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 76139
Professor Robert Evans

Professor Robert Evans

Director of Teaching and Learning

Email:
evansrj1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2087 4034
Professor Tom Hall

Professor Tom Hall

Head of School

Email:
hallta@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2087 6288
Professor Andrew Pithouse

Professor Andrew Pithouse

Emeritus Professor

Email:
pithouse@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 75194
Professor Paul Atkinson

Professor Paul Atkinson

Distinguished Research Professor

Email:
atkinsonpa@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4035
Dr Steven Stanley

Dr Steven Stanley

Senior Lecturer

Email:
stanleys1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2068 7597
Professor Jonathan Scourfield

Professor Jonathan Scourfield

Professor

Welsh speaking
Email:
scourfield@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2087 5402
Professor Matthew L. Williams

Professor Matthew L. Williams

Chair in Criminology - School of Social Sciences, Director - ESRC Social Data Science Lab, Director - ESRC HateLab

Email:
williamsm7@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2087 4853
Dr Robin James Smith

Dr Robin James Smith

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Email:
smithrj3@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2087 0330