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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