This book persuasively argues the case that ethnography must be viewed as a full theoretical system, rather than just as a research method. Blommaert traces the influence of his reading of classic works about ethnography on his thinking, and discusses a range of authors who have influenced the development of a theoretical system of ethnography, or whose work might be productively used to develop it further. Authors examined include Hymes, Scollon, Kress, Bourdieu, Bakhtin and Lefebvre. This book will be required reading for students and scholars involved in ethnographic research, or those interested in the theory of ethnography.
Jan Blommaert is Professor in the Department of Culture Studies and Director of Babylon, Center for the Study of Superdiversity at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He is the author of The Sociolinguistics of Globalization (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Ethnography, Superdiversity and Linguistic Landscapes: Chronicles of Complexity (Multilingual Matters, 2013).
Acknowledgements Preface Chapter 1: Ethnography as Couter-Hegemony: Remarks on Epistemology and Method Chapter 2: Obituary: Dell H. Hymes (1927-2009) Chapter 3: Ethnography and Democracy: Hymes' Political Theory of Language Chapter 4: Ethnopoetics as Functional Reconstruction: Dell Hymes' Narrative View of the World Chapter 5: Grassroots Historiography and the Problem of Voice: Tshibumba's Histoire Du Zaire Chapter 6: Historical Bodies and Historical Space Chapter 7: Semiotic and Spatial Scope: Towards a Materialist Semiotics Chapter 8: Pierre Bourdieu and Language in Society Chapter 9: Combining Surveys and Ethnographies in the Study of Rapid Social Change Chapter 10: Data Sharing As Entextualization Practice Chapter 11: Chronotopes, Scales and Complexity in the Study of Language in Society Chapter 12: Marxism and Urban Culture Chapter 13: On Scope and Depth in Linguistic Ethnography: A Commentary References