In this edited collection, institutional ethnographers draw on their field research experiences to address different aspects of institutional ethnographic practice. As institutional ethnography embraces the actualities of people's experiences and lives, the contributors utilize their research to reveal how institutional relations and regimes are organized. As a whole, the book aims to provide readers with an accurate overview of what it is like to practice institutional ethnography, as well as the main varieties of approaches involved in the research.
Dorothy E. Smith is professor emerita in Sociology & Equity Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and adjunct professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Part I: institutional ethnographic data: interview observation and text Chapter 3 Institutional ethnography: using interviews to investigate Ruling Relations Marjorie L. DeVault and Liza McCoy Chapter 4 "Where did you get the fur coat Fern?" Participant observation in institutional ethnography Chapter 5 Incorporating texts into ethnographic practice Chapter 6 Part II: Analysis Chapter 7 Data: what it is and what to do with it:institutional ethnography and experience as data Chapter 8 Keeping the institution in view: working with interview accounts of everyday experience Chapter 9 Mapping institutions as work and text Chapter 10 Constructing single-parent families for schooling:discovering an institutional discourse Chapter 11 Part III Inquiry Chapter 12 A research proposal Chapter 13 Making the institution ethnographically accessible: UN document production and the transformation of experience Chapter 14 U.S. judicial interventions in the lives of battered women: an Indigenous community's assessment