Questions, Methods and Choices
Edited by Catherine Walshe and Sarah Brearley
Chapter 5: Ethnography in applied health research
In this chapter a brief history of the rise of ethnographic approaches in the social sciences is outlined, in order to explore what these types of approach entail and how they have become more relevant to the study of aspects of modern societies. Some of the varied ontological and philosophical approaches that have underpinned ethnography are highlighted, to demonstrate the many different ways in which it can be employed. The recent use of focused ethnographies in the study of health and medicine is also explored. The chapter then investigates how ethnographic approaches can be practically carried out.
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