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    From "being there" to "being ... where?": relocating ethnography

    Pritchard, Katrina (2011) From "being there" to "being ... where?": relocating ethnography. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management 6 (3), pp. 230-245. ISSN 1746-5648.

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    Purpose: Expands recent discussions of research practice in organizational ethnography through engaging in a reflexive examination of the ethnographer’s situated identity work across different research spaces: academic, personal and the research site itself. Approach: Examines concerns with the traditional notion of ‘being there’ as it applies to ethnography in contemporary organization studies and, through a confessional account exploring my own experiences as a PhD student conducting ethnography, considers ‘being ... where’ using the analytic framework of situated identity work. Findings: Identifies both opportunities and challenges for organizational ethnographers facing the question of ‘being ... where?’ through highlighting the situated nature of researchers’ identity work in, across and between different (material and virtual) research spaces. Practical implications: Provides researchers with prompts to examine their own situated identity work, which may prove particularly useful for novice researchers and their supervisors, while also identifying the potential for incorporating these ideas within organizational ethnography more broadly. Value: Offers situated identity work as a means to provide renewed analytic vigour to the confessional genre whilst highlighting new opportunities for reflexive and critical ethnographic research practice.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): confessional genre, ethnography, identity work, organizations, place, reflexivity, space
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Katrina Pritchard
    Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2013 10:04
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:03

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