Immersion Ethnography of Elites

Brooke Harrington

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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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook of Qualitative Organizational Research : Innovative Pathways and Methods
    EditorsKimberly Elsbach, Roderick Kramer
    Number of pages9
    Place of PublicationNew York
    Publication date2016
    ISBN (Print)9781848725102
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315849072, 9781317908784
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    Published December 7th 2015

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