Writing Ethnographic Records—Purposes and Stylistic Composition

  • Katharina Bock Stiftung Universität Hildesheim
Keywords: ethnography, ethnographic record, ethnographic writing, stylistic devices


In ethnographic recordings, observations, personal impressions, and individual experiences are described to introduce and to enable readers to comprehend significant occurrences and aspects of a studied culture. In this article I explore the possibilities of linguistic and stylistic composition in ethnographic recordings in order to express adequately and precisely what was observed, listened to, experienced and/or perceived within the framework of field research. For this purpose, I present essential stylistic devices (e. g., forms of speech reproduction and multiplicity of voices, metaphorical language, or stylistic interplays), and exemplify their use in ethnological and sociological text examples.


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Katharina Bock, Stiftung Universität Hildesheim

Dr. Katharina BOCK ist Linguistin, Publizistik-/Kommunikationswissenschaftlerin und promovierte Soziologin. Derzeit ist sie als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin und Dozentin am Institut für Sozialwissenschaften der Stiftung Universität Hildesheim tätig. Dort forscht sie mit und lehrt zu ethnografischen Forschungsmethoden.

How to Cite
Bock, K. (2019). Writing Ethnographic Records—Purposes and Stylistic Composition. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 20(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-20.1.2933
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