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.
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
- 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
- Atkinson, P. A. , Delamont, S. and Housley, W. 2008. Contours of culture : complex ethnography and the ethnography of complexity. Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press.
- Williams, M. L. 2006. Virtually criminal: crime, deviance and regulation online. London: Routledge.
- Dicks, B. et al. 2005. Qualitative research and hypermedia: ethnography for the digital age. New Technologies for Social Research Series London: Sage.
- Atkinson, P. A. and Housley, W. 2003. Interactionism. BSA new horizons in sociology London: Sage.
- Hall, T. A. 2003. Better times than this: youth homelessness in Britain. Pluto Press.
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