Reading an Academic Journal is Like Doing Ethnography

Graham Badley


One view of doing ethnography is that it is like trying to construct a reading of a manu­script. What follows is a text which turns that definition around. Thus the proposition here is that "constructing a reading of a series of manuscripts—a journal—is like doing ethnography". The article itself is an ethnographic explication of the numer­ous texts contained in one edition of Studies in Higher Education. The aim is to provide an ac­count of the texts therein in order to judge, from a Rortyan, pragmatist perspective, whether or not these stories are good for us.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0401408


ethnography of social sciences; publi­cations; community of scholars; academic rigour

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