Immersion Ethnography of Elites

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    This chapter examines an innovative form of data-gathering that brings together two of the greatest methodological challenges social scientists face: conducting classical immersion ethnography and gaining access to elites. The difficulties of accessing elites for research purposes have been well-documented (Conti and O’Neill 2007; Gilding 2010; Harrington 2003). There has been less scholarly discussion of the challenges posed by traditional ethnography, a method whose claim to scientific status is based on the length and depth of the investigator’s immersion in an organization or culture.
    This chapter examines an innovative form of data-gathering that brings together two of the greatest methodological challenges social scientists face: conducting classical immersion ethnography and gaining access to elites. The difficulties of accessing elites for research purposes have been well-documented (Conti and O’Neill 2007; Gilding 2010; Harrington 2003). There has been less scholarly discussion of the challenges posed by traditional ethnography, a method whose claim to scientific status is based on the length and depth of the investigator’s immersion in an organization or culture.
    LanguageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook of Qualitative Organizational Research : Innovative Pathways and Methods
    EditorsKimberly Elsbach, Roderick Kramer
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherRoutledge
    Date2016
    Pages134-142
    Chapter13
    ISBN (Print)9781848725102
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315849072, 9781317908784
    StatePublished - 2016

    Bibliographical note

    Published December 7th 2015

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    Harrington, B. (2016). Immersion Ethnography of Elites. In K. Elsbach, & R. Kramer (Eds.), Handbook of Qualitative Organizational Research: Innovative Pathways and Methods (pp. 134-142). New York: Routledge.
    Harrington, Brooke. / Immersion Ethnography of Elites. Handbook of Qualitative Organizational Research: Innovative Pathways and Methods. editor / Kimberly Elsbach ; Roderick Kramer. New York : Routledge, 2016. pp. 134-142
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