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Ethnographic Research in the Construction Industry

by Sarah (Loughborough University, UK) Pink

Ethnographic Research in the Construction Industry Synopsis

The construction industry as a workplace is commonly seen as problematic for a number of reasons, including its worrying health and safety record, the instability of its workforce, and the poorly regulated nature of the sector. It is surprising therefore, that the sector and its working practices remain so under-theorised. Now though, there is a growing interest in and awareness of the utility of an ethnographic approach to the construction industry. Ethnographic Research in the Construction Industry draws together in one volume a set of expert contributions which demonstrate how social science perspectives, rooted in ethnographic research on construction sites and with construction workers themselves, can generate fresh insights into the social, cultural and material ways that the industry and conditions of work in it are experienced and played out. Each chapter develops discussion on the basis of an ethnographic case study to examine how theoretically informed ethnographic research can help us understand industry problems, and can challenge common perceptions of the construction industry. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of anthropology, sociology, geography and organization studies, as well as those from the built environment and related applied fields.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780415603430
Publication date: 23rd August 2012
Author: Sarah (Loughborough University, UK) Pink
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 174 pages
Categories: Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Sociology, Construction industry,

About Sarah (Loughborough University, UK) Pink

Sarah Pink is Professor in the School of Communication and Media and the Design Research Institute at RMIT University (Australia). She specialises in developing interdisciplinary research and scholarship rooted in social and visual anthropology. Her work usually involves digital visual methods and media, and often seeks to connect applied practice, methodological development and theoretical scholarship and she has authored, edited or co-edited 10 books. Her research projects and collaborations at Loughborough University (UK) focus on domestic energy consumption and digital media, and occupational safety and health in organisations. Dylan Tutt is a Senior Research Fellow at the Innovative Construction Research Centre ...

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