Reading an Academic Journal is Like Doing Ethnography

  • Graham Badley Anglia Polytechnic University
Keywords: ethnography of social sciences, publi­cations, community of scholars, academic rigour

Abstract

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

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Author Biography

Graham Badley, Anglia Polytechnic University
Graham BADLEY is Emeritus Professor of Educational Development at Anglia Polytechnic University. He is interested in all aspects of higher education development with a special concern for the improvement of university teaching, learning and research. He adopts a mainly pragmatist and ethnographic critical stance towards his research. Recent publications include articles in Quality Assurance in Education and Teaching in Higher Education.
Published
2004-01-31
Section
FQS Debate: Ethnography of the Career Politics