Across the Atlantic: Current Issues and Debates in US Ethnography


  • Margarethe Kusenbach University of South Florida



ethnography, qualitative methods, methodology, theory, ethics, United States


This overview of selected issues in US ethnography covers the last five to ten years. The paper is divided into three major sections. The first one describes the institutional standing of ethno­graphy in four separate contexts: organizations and conferences, publications, research funding, and careers and centers. Second, the paper re­views recent debates regarding the roles of politics and theory in US ethnographic research. A third focus is placed on methodological issues, such as the increasing diversity of ethnographic research methods and designs, as well as a new set of research requirements administered by ethical review boards at all US universities. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0503470


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Author Biography

Margarethe Kusenbach, University of South Florida

Maggie KUSENBACH is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Her interests lie in the areas of urban and community sociology, the sociology of emotions, and qualitative methodology. Maggie's current research investigates aspects of community and disaster in Florida mobile home parks. She has published papers in Symbolic Interaction, Studies in Symbolic Interaction, Ethnography, and Qualitative Sociology. A co-authored book about an ethnographic study of six neighborhoods in Hollywood is in progress.




How to Cite

Kusenbach, M. (2005). Across the Atlantic: Current Issues and Debates in US Ethnography. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(3).



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