An introduction to the origins, history and principles of ethnography

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Ryan, Gemma Sinead 2017. An introduction to the origins, history and principles of ethnography. Nurse Researcher. https://doi.org/10.7748.nr2017.e1470
AuthorsRyan, Gemma Sinead
Abstract

Background Ethnography is embedded in the history of research and has been considered a methodology in its own right. Its long history means those new to ethnography may find it complex to navigate the differing perspectives and its historical context. Philosophical perspectives further compound the complexities of understanding and making decisions about method. Aim To introduce the historical context of ethnography and its wide-ranging and differing perspectives. Discussion This paper provides an overview of the historical context of ethnography and discusses the different approaches to ethnography based on philosophical paradigms. Examples of ethnographic research in nursing literature are used to illustrate how these different approaches and types of ethnography can be used in nursing.

Background Ethnography is embedded in the history of research and has been
considered a methodology in its own right. Its long history means those new to
ethnography may find it complex to navigate the differing perspectives and its
historical context. Philosophical perspectives further compound the complexities of
understanding and making decisions about method.
Aim To introduce the historical context of ethnography and its wide-ranging and
differing perspectives.
Discussion This paper provides an overview of the historical context of ethnography
and discusses the different approaches to ethnography based on philosophical
paradigms. Examples of ethnographic research in nursing literature are used to
illustrate how these different approaches and types of ethnography can be used in
nursing.

KeywordsEthnography; Philosophy; Nursing; Anthropology; Netnography; Research methods
Year2017
JournalNurse Researcher
PublisherRoyal College of Nursing
ISSN13515578
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.7748.nr2017.e1470
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621410
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
hdl:10545/621410
Publication dates01 Mar 2017
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Deposited17 Feb 2017, 12:56
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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