By Margaret D. LeCompte University of Colorado Boulder, Jean J. Schensul Institute for Community Research
This primary quantity of the Ethnographer's Toolkit offers a pragmatic, user-friendly advent to ethnography and ethnographic perform to the scholar and beginner fieldworker
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The researchers were surprised to find out that boys were expending four times more energy than were girls within comparable time periods. These results, combined with ethnographic observations and in-depth interviews with mothers, showed how different cultural expectations for behavior of boys and girls, coupled with structural barriers to sports and other activities in school and in the community, resulted in reduced activity levels for girls (Schensul, Diaz, and Woolley 1996). The results of ethnographic work such as that described above can be helpful in shaping community-based programs and educational strategies that can bring about changes in personal, family, and community structures and behaviors.
Postmodern, feminist, critical, and critical race theorists, as well as theorists contesting any canonical justification for asymmetries of power and influence, have helped to clarify the existence of Eurocentric presentations. Feminist theory has exposed the dichotomous (male versus female) nature of traditional scientific theory, research methods, and interpretations and demonstrated how it tends always to privilege male perspectives. African American and Latino/a feminists (note mixed designations) have argued that traditional feminism developed from middle-class, white female experience and ignored the ways of thinking and knowing of women who are nonwhite or poor.
In the case of participatory research or ethnographic dissemination, reflection can be facilitated by integrating community members into the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data as well as the construction of the ethnographic description. Colonized people and subordinated minority groups have become acutely aware of how they have been portrayed in research studies, especially ethnographies. They also published studies of their own people and the researchers who studied them (LeCompte 1997, 2002; Medicine 2001).
Designing & conducting ethnographic research : an introduction by Margaret D. LeCompte University of Colorado Boulder, Jean J. Schensul Institute for Community Research