New Racism pp 269-313 | Cite as

Ethnographic Research: Exploring the Quality of Social Life in Social Settings

  • Norma RommEmail author


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.


Social Justice Racial Discrimination Chinese Student African American Student Ethnographic Research 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of South AfricaManaba BeachSouth Africa

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