Ethnographic Research: Exploring the Quality of Social Life in Social Settings
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In this chapter I discuss ways of generating inquiries in relation to the quality of life in social settings via what is considered as another qualitatively oriented mode of inquiry, namely, ethnographic research. The chapter is set around my discussion of two examples of ethnographic research, namely, a study of a particular high school in the USA (undertaken with reference to Critical Race Theorizing – CRT) and an autoethnographic study of my own – in a university setting in the UK. But before I discuss these examples, I offer an indication of some definitions of ethnography and of some debates that have arisen around its practice.