Producing Ethnographies: Workplace Ethnographies in History
Article first published online: 19 NOV 2012
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Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Volume 49, Issue 1, pages 45–62, Winter 2013
How to Cite
Platt, J., Crothers, C. and Horgan, M. (2013), Producing Ethnographies: Workplace Ethnographies in History. J. Hist. Behav. Sci., 49: 45–62. doi: 10.1002/jhbs.21578
- Issue published online: 16 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 19 NOV 2012
Data on a large set of workplace ethnographies published from 1940 to 2002, compiled by Randy Hodson, are analyzed to show the trends over time in the production of such ethnographic work, its shifting disciplinary base, the relevance of the personal backgrounds of its authors, the contributions made by academic amateurs, the changing roles of gender and political stances, and the nature of different routes to publication. The definition of what counts as an ethnography is important to the character of the set available and has implications for its potential uses in secondary analysis. It is found that both personal and disciplinary identities and wider social factors have played roles in the production of ethnographic work that need to be understood to account for its history, though it is to be expected that the forms these take will differ for work in different subfields.