from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The branch of anthropology that deals with the scientific description of specific human cultures.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The branch of anthropology that scientifically describes specific human cultures and societies.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That branch of knowledge which has for its subject the characteristics of the human family, developing the details with which ethnology as a comparative science deals; descriptive ethnology. See ethnology.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The scientific description and classification of the different races and nations of mankind. See extract under ethnology.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the branch of anthropology that provides scientific description of individual human societies
If "ethnography" is the only way by which literature and literary criticism can be incorporated into a college curriculum or into academic scholarship, best to leave them be.
The second of these, however, is utterly compelling reading, a great piece of ethnography from the projects of Chicago and in the life of the Black Kings street gang.
27Another way that ethnography is useful, particularly when it is representative of the societies of speakers whose languages are being reconstructed, is that after vocabulary data sets and fieldwork interviews are completed, the ethnographic details of particular events that occurred in recent times can be assessed as expressions of a societal feature whose occurrence has been shown to belong to a proto-language society.
(It alsomakes me think that I should assign the two books as an example of how ethnography is not just one thing, but a methodology that consists of numerous approaches to data collection and analysis.
Fourth, quite a bit of the book might be classified as "ethnography" today: detailed, first-person description of conditions of life of a particular group of people, based on direct interaction with them by the observer.
So, I really hope that Dourish paper will help the field in recognizing (1) the need for "ethnography" in a form that is intended, aimed, and designed to support in a design process (i.e. design oriented ethnography).
Re: what kind of ethnography I'm doing -- I answered that question in the other thread.
I am doing a sort of "ethnography" of the school and culture.
Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning an interdisciplinary trend to emphasise the use of methods such as ethnography to extract implications for design based on its situated context.
I could tell from students 'faces that something wasn't working, but I couldn't work out what the problem was … Then finally someone asked a question that got it to click: many of the students, not knowing what "ethnography" was, also had no way of knowing that this was a method course.