Ethnography at the Edge

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-04-09
  • Publisher: Northeastern Univ Pr

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The candid, first-person accounts of their experiences, especially in illegal, immoral, and dangerous situations, reveal the horrors, perils, and joys of ethnographic research. The methodological, theoretical, and political implications of field work are also thoroughly discussed. Describing their deep involvement with such diverse groups as skinheads, phone sex workers, drug dealers, graffiti artists, and the homeless, many of the authors confess to their own episodes of illegal drug use, drunk driving, weapons violations, assault at gunpoint, obstruction of justice, and arrest while engaged in ethnographic studies. Although field research is seldom safe, convenient, or above professional criticism, this volume demonstrates that it is vital for providing a fuller understanding of deviant and criminal populations.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Moving Backward
True Confessions: Crime, Deviance, and Field Researchp. 2
Criminological Verstehen: Inside the Immediacy of Crimep. 20
Ethnographers, Pimps, and the Company Storep. 44
Shattered Lives and Shelter Lies?: Anatomy of Research Deviance in Homeless Programming and Policyp. 65
Enjoying Militarism: Political/Personal Dilemmas in Studying U.S. Police Paramilitary Unitsp. 88
The Ethnography of Terror: Timothy McVeigh and the Blue Centerlight of Evilp. 111
Reversing the Ethnographic Gaze: Experiments in Cultural Criminologyp. 132
(Dis)Courtesy Stigma: Fieldwork among Phone Fantasy Workersp. 146
Researching Crack Dealers: Dilemmas and Contradictionsp. 160
Marijuana Subcultures: Studying Crime in Rural Americap. 178
Honesty, Secrecy, and Deception in the Sociology of Crime: Confessions and Reflections from the Backstagep. 206
Dangerous Methods: Risk Taking and the Research Processp. 221
Confessions of Danger and Humanityp. 254
Referencesp. 273
Contributorsp. 301
Indexp. 305
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