The new ethnographer at work

Gary Alan Fine*, Black Hawk Hancock

*Corresponding author for this work

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Building on observations from ethnography at the fin de siècle (Wellin and Fine, 2001), we address how ethnographers today approach their work tasks, incorporating new technology, emphasizing embodiment, sites of struggle, and increasing public engagement. We use the lens of the sociology of work to examine how ethnography has been shaped over the past 15 years, the lifespan of Qualitative Research. How do the challenges of occupational roles, places of research, and new forms of data gathering shape our collective work?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)260-268
Number of pages9
JournalQualitative Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017


  • career
  • embodiment
  • occupation
  • public sociology
  • sociology of work
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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