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Some reflections on ethnography and validity

Hammersley, Martyn (1992). Some reflections on ethnography and validity. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 5(3) pp. 195–203.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0951839920050301
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Abstract

The question of what are appropriate criteria for assessing ethnographic research has become a matter of considerable debate in recent years. This paper identifies four philosophical positions that have influenced ethnographers' thinking about this issue: realism, positivism#shmethodism, relativism, and instrumentalism. The implications of these ideas for judgements about the validity of ethnographic findings are sketched in the first half of the paper. In the second half, I argue that none of these positions is adequate and outline a more satisfactory view.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 1992 Routledge
ISSN: 0951-8398
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Childhood, Development and Learning
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 20382
Depositing User: Users 9543 not found.
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2010 14:39
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2011 15:06
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/20382
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