On Learning How to Ask, See and Feel
Keywords:data, ethnography, interviews, video recording, embodiment, anthropology
Ethnographic research involves coming to know a society’s culture and religion in several different ways both quantitative and qualitative. Interviewing, field recordings, systematic observation and the researcher’s own (inter-)subjective experiences are some of the most common methods of ethnographic data collection, but integrating these multiple methods is no mean task. Every method presents unique possibilities and problems for answering our research questions. A method that at first seems to be revealing can end up having limited applicability; and conversely, others that may at first blush seem shallow can end up leading to significant insights. This article argues for the necessity of critically assessing how data is produced and suggests that data emerges when the researcher learns how to view their experiences and observations in new ways.
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