The Ethnographic Method: The Origin and Basis of a Multitechnical Approach


  • Héctor Ivan Mora Nawrath Universidad Católica de Temuco



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In this article, I present a reflection on ethnography as a method composed of a variety of techniques for conducting social research. General information is given on its origin and links with anthropological research. By questioning the classical-normative notion of the ethnographic method and using the distinction between method, methodology and technique, I offer a concept which links ethnographic research to a strategic process in which the researcher acts to connect his or her experience and knowledge on methods with creativity and personal commitment. In the course of this process, ethnography achieves scientific rigor in that it permits the emergence of the principles of creativity, system, transparency, and empirical reference, which in my opinion are the key principles in the general definition of the method. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1002100


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Author Biography

Héctor Ivan Mora Nawrath, Universidad Católica de Temuco

Héctor I. MORA NAWRATH es profesor de la etnografía clásica, metodología cualitativa, metodología cuantitativa y coordinador del Postítulo de Metodologías en Investigación Social en la escuela de Antropología de la Universidad Católica de Temuco, Chile. Sus líneas principales en el campo de la investigación se orientan hacia la el desarrollo, medio ambiente, epistemología y las metodologías en Ciencias Sociales, con un interés particular por los métodos en antropología sociocultural.



How to Cite

Mora Nawrath, H. I. (2010). The Ethnographic Method: The Origin and Basis of a Multitechnical Approach. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 11(2).