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Quick Ethnography A Guide to Rapid Multi-Method Research by W. Penn Handwerker

Quick Ethnography A Guide to Rapid Multi-Method Research


Quick Ethnography A Guide to Rapid Multi-Method Research by W. Penn Handwerker

Quick Ethnography takes traditional anthropological fieldwork techniques and applies them to contemporary applied research problems. For most applied projects, time is of the essence, and QE shows how ethnographic work can be successfully accomplished in a matter of weeks. Handwerker guides the reader through the use of research teams, highly focussed research problems, and a variety of structured techniques. This book will be a valuable reference for fieldworkers in anthropology and sociology, and other applied social science fields.


Quick Ethnography is full of valuable advice and is an efficient method for developing, executing, and analyzing ethnographic field projects. Handwerker draws on his extensive expertise to demonstrate how ethnographers can avoid some of the inefficiencies and pitfalls that have hampered their work... This methods relies on both qualitative and quantitative methods to gather data and employs an impressively broad range of numerical and statistical techniques... He begins by laying down a set of ground rules that are crucial, obvious, and often ignored. Prior to beginning field research ethnographers should create a clear vision of where they want to go, how to get there, and how to avoid getting lost... [His] method is complex, thorough, and detailed. -- Maryann Dickar, New York University Teachers College Record

About the Author

W. Penn Handwerker is professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of Connecticut. He is known for his research in the Caribbean and the Arctic on health, gender, subsistence, and other important research areas.

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Publication date

27th November 2001


W. Penn Handwerker

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AltaMira Press,U.S.


312 pages


Social research & statistics
Physical anthropology



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