Review Essay: Portrait of an Ethnographic Artist

  • Kara M. Strobel
Keywords: ethnography, research methodology, fieldwork, issues in research

Abstract

The task of collecting and reporting qualitative data can be an overwhelming one. Fieldworkers are required to sift through numerous methodological, ethical and personal issues as they progress through the various stages of their research. Since qualitative research is the intimate study of humans, there is no dependable way to predict its course and no prescriptive manual to guide the fieldworker through it. It is an enterprise suited only to those individuals able to negotiate the many pitfalls and perils. Harry F. WOLCOTT's The Art of Fieldwork presents a thorough and captivating discussion of the issues surrounding ethnographic fieldwork, with particular focus on the many contradictory facets of the science. It is an excellent resource for both experienced and new fieldwork researchers. The following review synopsizes a selection of his ideas, extends some of them, and explores their broader applicability. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0602439

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Author Biography

Kara M. Strobel
Kara STROBEL is a teacher/principal at a rural school in Alberta, Canada. In a previous issue of FQS she has written a reply ("After the Aftermath", http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/3-05-05-3-6-3.htm) to Wolff-Michael ROTH's Review of Harry F. WOLCOTT's "Sneaky Kid and Its Aftermath"
Published
2006-03-31