Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The branch of anthropology that deals with the description of specific human cultures, using methods such as close observation and interviews.
  • noun A text produced using such methods.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • The scientific description and classification of the different races and nations of mankind. See extract under ethnology.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun anthropology The branch of anthropology that scientifically describes specific human cultures and societies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the branch of anthropology that provides scientific description of individual human societies

Etymologies

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ethno- + -graphy

Examples

  • 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.

    Literary Study

  • 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.

    What Are You Reading? | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment

  • 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.

    Societies, Religion, and History: Central East Tanzanians and the World They Created, c. 200 BCE to 1800 CE

  • (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.

    Lucky Physicists and the Devolution of Computer Science « Beki's Blog (there's an original name)

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • 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.

    Engels' sociology of the city

  • 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).

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • Re: what kind of ethnography I'm doing -- I answered that question in the other thread.

    Anti Anti-Anecdotalism

  • 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).

    Ethnography in HCI -- Comments on Dourish CHI paper

  • I am doing a sort of "ethnography" of the school and culture.

    Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?

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