Ethnographic method

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This chapter explores the use of a range of ethnographic methods within qualitative methodology. Alongside introducing the building blocks of ethnographic methods, with a focus on reflexivity, participant-observation, fieldwork, and visual and sensory methods, it will draw upon my experiences in studying young Chinese Australians' lived experiences in health and physical activity. My experiences in the field provide insights into the potentials and perils of using some of these ethnographic methods and issues navigating research ethics. I emphasize the advantages of an approach that allows for innovative and unique interactions between the researcher and research participants within the participants' real-life environments. The use of innovative ethnographic methods encourages thinking and practice beyond traditional modes of enquiry and beyond understanding the participants' lived experiences through texts and numbers alone.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences
PublisherSpringer, Singapore
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789811052514
ISBN (Print)9789811052507
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2019

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  • Ethnographic methods
  • Lived experiences
  • Participant-observations
  • Reflexivity
  • Sensory methods
  • Visual methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Medicine


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