Ethnographic Underpinnings

Springer International Publishing
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Professional and Practice-based Learning, 2016, 15, pp. 117-136
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© 2016, Springer International Publishing Switzerland. This chapter outlines the ethnographic basis for the book, and develops particular arguments linking ethnographic approaches with practice-based and sociomaterial perspectives. Details of the fieldwork undertaken at Karitane are then provided, framing the account in practice theoretical terms by describing fieldwork practices and the site of research. Issues of participation, observation and intimate outsidership are then discussed. The ethnographic approach taken in this study is located within a contested methodological terrain, and links are made to Baradian notions of diffraction, before questions relating to the role of theory in ethnography are considered. Relationships with other ethnographies in similar health settings are explored, before a final section that accounts for the ethnographic work underpinning this book as both a solo and joint endeavour.
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