Reading an Academic Journal is Like Doing Ethnography


  • Graham Badley Anglia Polytechnic University



ethnography of social sciences, publi­cations, community of scholars, academic rigour


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.




How to Cite

Badley, G. (2004). Reading an Academic Journal is Like Doing Ethnography. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 5(1).



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