In Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies, Dorothy E. Smith and Susan Marie Turner present a selection of essays highlighting perhaps the single most distinctive feature of the sociological approach known as Institutional Ethnography (IE) - the ethnographic investigation of how texts coordinate and organize people's activities across space and time. The chapters, written by scholars who are relatively new to IE as well as IE veterans, illustrate the wide variety of ways in which IE investigations can be done, as well as the breadth of topics IE has been used to study. Both a collection of examples that can be used in teaching and research project design and an excellent introduction to IE methods and techniques, Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies is an essential contribution to the subject.
Dorothy E. Smith is a professor emerita at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria. Susan Marie Turner is an associate scholar with the Centre for Women's Studies, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
Introduction (Dorothy E. Smith & Susan Marie Turner) Part 1: Institutional Circuits Chapter 1. Policing the Gay Community: An Inquiry into Textually-mediated Social Relations (George W. Smith) Chapter 2. Regulating the Alternative: Certifying Organic Farming on Vancouver Island, British Columbia (Katherine Wagner) Chapter 3. Negotiating UN Policy: Activating Texts in Policy Deliberations (Lauren Eastwood) Part 2: Diverse Textual Technologies Chapter 4. Producing "What the Deans Know": Cost Accounting and the Restructuring of Post-secondary Education (Liza McCoy) Chapter 5. Organizing Creation: The Work of the Musical Text in Concert Performance (Leanne Warren) Chapter 6. "Three in a Bed": Nurses and Technologies of Bed Utilization in a Hospital (Janet M. Rankin and Marie L. Campbell) Part 3: Experiential Ethnography Chapter 7. Doing Child Protection Work (Gerald de Montigny) Part 4: Text-Reader Conversations Chapter 8. Reading Practices in Decision Processes (Susan M. Turner) Chapter 9. Discourse as Social Relations: Sociological Theory and the Dialogic of Sociology (Dorothy E Smith) Part 5: Extended Institutional Ethnography Chapter 10. Standardizing Child Rearing through Housing (Paul C. Luken and Suzanne Vaughan) Afterword (Dorothy E. Smith and Susan Marie Turner) Bibliography Contributors