Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies

Edited by Dorothy E. Smith and Susan Marie Turner

© 2014

In Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies, Dorothy E. Smith and Susan Marie Turner present a selection of essays highlighting perhaps the single most distinctive feature of the sociological approach known as Institutional Ethnography (IE) – the ethnographic investigation of how texts coordinate and organize people’s activities across space and time. The chapters, written by scholars who are relatively new to IE as well as IE veterans, illustrate the wide variety of ways in which IE investigations can be done, as well as the breadth of topics IE has been used to study.

Both a collection of examples that can be used in teaching and research project design and an excellent introduction to IE methods and techniques, Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies is an essential contribution to the subject.

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Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies presents a selection of essays highlighting the ethnographic investigation of how texts coordinate and organize people’s activities across space and time.

Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies

Edited by Dorothy E. Smith and Susan Marie Turner

© 2014

In Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies, Dorothy E. Smith and Susan Marie Turner present a selection of essays highlighting perhaps the single most distinctive feature of the sociological approach known as Institutional Ethnography (IE) – the ethnographic investigation of how texts coordinate and organize people’s activities across space and time. The chapters, written by scholars who are relatively new to IE as well as IE veterans, illustrate the wide variety of ways in which IE investigations can be done, as well as the breadth of topics IE has been used to study.

Both a collection of examples that can be used in teaching and research project design and an excellent introduction to IE methods and techniques, Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies is an essential contribution to the subject.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 344 pages
  • Illustrations: 3
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘Smith’s conceptualization of texts and their powerful role in contemporary society is a vital contribution for all sociologists, not just institutional ethnographers.’


    Órla Meadhbh
    Sociology vol 49:06:2015

    “Extending the writings of Smith and others who have outlined the approach, Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies explicates the key concepts and ideas that researchers have developed over twenty or thirty years of institutional ethnography.”
    Marjorie DeVault, Department of Sociology, Syracuse University

    “This collection will transform how scholars think about, utilize, and analyze texts in ethnographic research and beyond. I can honestly say that I have gained more insight about the ‘power’ of texts to organize everyday life from this book than from anything else that takes up the institutional ethnographic framework.”
    Nancy Naples, Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut

    Incorporating Texts in Institutional Ethnographies presents a feast of sound, scholarly material that offers practical examples of the many creative and productive ways in which institutional ethnography may be applied.”
    Mary Hamilton, Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University
  • Author Information

    Dorothy E. Smith is a professor emerita at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria.


    Susan Marie Turner is an associate scholar with the Centre for Women’s Studies, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction (Dorothy E. Smith & Susan Marie Turner)

    Part 1: Institutional Circuits
    Chapter 1. Policing the Gay Community: An Inquiry into Textually-mediated Social Relations (George W. Smith)
    Chapter 2. Regulating the Alternative: Certifying Organic Farming on Vancouver Island, British Columbia (Katherine Wagner)
    Chapter 3. Negotiating UN Policy: Activating Texts in Policy Deliberations (Lauren Eastwood)

    Part 2: Diverse Textual Technologies
    Chapter 4. Producing “What the Deans Know”: Cost Accounting and the Restructuring of Post-secondary Education (Liza McCoy)
    Chapter 5. Organizing Creation: The Work of the Musical Text in Concert Performance (Leanne Warren)
    Chapter 6. “Three in a Bed”: Nurses and Technologies of Bed Utilization in a Hospital (Janet M. Rankin and Marie L. Campbell)

    Part 3: Experiential Ethnography
    Chapter 7. Doing Child Protection Work (Gerald de Montigny)

    Part 4: Text-Reader Conversations
    Chapter 8. Reading Practices in Decision Processes (Susan M. Turner)
    Chapter 9. Discourse as Social Relations: Sociological Theory and the Dialogic of Sociology (Dorothy E Smith)

    Part 5: Extended Institutional Ethnography
    Chapter 10. Standardizing Child Rearing through Housing (Paul C. Luken and Suzanne Vaughan)

    Afterword (Dorothy E. Smith and Susan Marie Turner)

    Bibliography
    Contributors

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