Ethnographies

“Ethnographies” are detailed descriptions of social life in different times and places. Traditionally, ethnographies focused in-depth on a group of people such as the Nuer or a particular North Indian Village. Today, they are just as likely to focus on a particular aspect of social life such as new reproductive technologies, meanings of the veil, home decoration or even being a Millwall football club fan! Ethnographies can be really interesting to read and give you a fascinating insight into a place or group of people. In their ethnographies anthropologists often write about their experiences of doing research; how they felt, what it was like to live in an unfamiliar place, so they are also good ways to find out what it might be like to be a professional anthropologist.

Here are some particularly accessible ones:

In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El BarrioBuy Now
In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

Bourgois,Philippe (2003)

My Freshman Year : What a Professor Learned by Becoming a StudentBuy Now
My Freshman Year : What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student

Nathan, Rebekah (2005)

Songs at the River's Edge: Stories from a Bangladeshi VillageBuy Now
Songs at the River’s Edge: Stories from a Bangladeshi Village

Gardner, Katy (1997)

The Innocent Anthropologist: Notes from a Mud HutBuy Now
The Innocent Anthropologist: Notes from a Mud Hut

Barley, Nigel (2000)

The Sport of Kings: Kinship, Class and Thoroughbred Breeding in NewmarketBuy Now
The Sport of Kings: Kinship, Class and Thoroughbred Breeding in Newmarket

Cassidy, R (2002)

Tunnel KidsBuy Now
Tunnel Kids

Taylor J. , Lawrence and Hickey, Maeve (2001)

Veiled Sentiments: Honour and Poetry in a Bedouin SocietyBuy Now
Veiled Sentiments: Honour and Poetry in a Bedouin Society

Abu-Lughod (1986)