Urban ethnography : Its traditions and its future
ethnographie, ethnologie, délinquance, emploi, société urbaine, sociologie urbaine, immigration, migrant, Anderson Elijah
From the introduction by Elijah Anderson :
The ethnographic ﬁeld study is founded on the observation and rendering of nuance, texture, and the lives of the subjects.Informed by sociological theory, the ethnographer employs a careful, bottom-up approach to ﬁeld observations and representations of how people are actually living their everyday lives, interacting with others, making decisions, and understanding their own social situations (Junker and Hughes, 1960). This research yields qualitative data which then enriches our understanding of existing theories and provides the groundwork for the development of new concepts, informing future study. Sustained ethnographic ﬁeldwork aims at accumulating a store of ‘local knowledge’ (Geertz, 1983) and takes seriously the study of the ways in which ordinary people make sense of their social worlds, and navigate within them.
These basic ethnographic questions persist and guide us: how do city dwellers go about meeting the exigencies of their everyday lives; what is their interpretation and ‘deﬁnition of the situation’; and how ultimately do they make sense of their social worlds? In addressing these concerns, exciting newresearch by accomplished younger ﬁeldworkers and reﬂections by established ethnographers are brought together in this special issue.