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Ethnography and Human Development: Context and Meaning in Social Inquiry
edited by Richard Jessor, Anne Colby and Richard A. Shweder
University of Chicago Press, 1996
Cloth: 978-0-226-39902-7 | Paper: 978-0-226-39903-4
Library of Congress Classification GN345.E74 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.8001

Studies of human development have taken an ethnographic turn in the 1990s. In this volume, leading anthropologists, psychologists, and sociologists discuss how qualitative methodologies have strengthened our understanding of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral development, and of the difficulties of growing up in contemporary society.

Part 1, informed by a post-positivist philosophy of science, argues for the validity of ethnographic knowledge. Part 2 examines a range of qualitative methods, from participant observation to the hermeneutic elaboration of texts. In Part 3, ethnographic methods are applied to issues of human development across the life span and to social problems including poverty, racial and ethnic marginality, and crime.

Restoring ethnographic methods to a central place in social inquiry, these twenty-two lively essays will interest everyone concerned with the epistemological problems of context, meaning, and subjectivity in the behavioral sciences.

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