A must-read classic for anyone—academic ethnographers to market researchers —involved with data collection from individual human beings. The Ethnographic . Spradley, James P. The ethnographic interview / Jasies. P. Spradley. New York: Holt,. Rinehart and Winston, ,. Includes index. vii, p. ; 24 cm -. The ethnographic interview /​ James P. Spradley. Author. Spradley, James P. ( James Phillip). Published. Fort Worth, Tex.: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College.

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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Soradley Ethnographic Interview by James P. The Ethnographic Interview is a practical, self-teaching handbook which guides students step by step through interview techniques commonly used to research ethnography and culture. The text also teaches students how to analyze the data they collect, and how to write an ethnography.

The appendices include research spradleey and writing tasks. Paperbackpages. Published April 3rd by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Ethnographic Interviewplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Ethnographic Interview.

Lists with This Book. Aug 18, W. The most valuable and most expensive book I own.

Spradley describes the means by which someone learns a new language and culture specifically for the purpose of writing about it to people seeking to know the culture. This book is valuable for two reasons: This skill has proven invauable in translating “deb speak” at work and avoiding misun The most valuable and most expensive book I own. This skill has proven invauable in translating “deb speak” at work and avoiding misunderstandings between two parties that don’t share the same cultural expression.

The second and primary reason to own the book is as primer for the fiction author: The magic here involves turning inward: Conduct an internal interview and take notes; bam! You’re the next Tolkien. It seems to me from biographies that this is, in fact, what Tolkein did to develop his extraordinary world.


This book more valuable to this end than other works of anthropology for two reasons: This book is rapid and wholly instructional; I found the first readthrough solidified the concepts in my mind for life. Secondly, it describes the difficulties in learning a new cultural language when it is spoken in the same mother tongue, in our case English.

Hobo english is obviously different from Harvard english, but this book describes the ways in which is is likely different and how to avoid letting the similarites confuse what a word really means to a hobo if one is from Harvard, or vice versa.

If you want to write good, immersive, utterly original fiction, get this book. It is the secret weapon. Jun 15, Neil rated it it was amazing Shelves: Proof positive that some of the classic texts remain vital reading today. Spradley’s text is a must read for anyone interested in ethnographic interviewing.

It’s full of highly engaging, practical illustrations and written in a very accessible style without losing the complexity of subject matter. Sep 12, Brad Boyce rated it really wthnographic it.

I have read this book probably three times I have strictly followed Spradley’s research sequence. I have followed it religiously for the last year of my life.

It is with some pleasure that I mark this book as read. The end is in sight! Sep 16, Peter Morville rated it it was amazing Shelves: I absolutely loved this book. Spradley’s practical advice for how to conduct ethnographic research is wonderfully precise. Also, the section on taxonomic analysis is required reading for information architects!

Apr 07, Erin rated it really liked it Shelves: Older, published in something, but still considered the go-to book on ethnographic research.

The Ethnographic Interview

I’m using it for background reading for my dissertation. Mar 28, Jeff rated it it was amazing. This, ethnnographic with a companion volume “Participant Observation,” are the gold standard when it comes to the methodology of ethnographic research. Jul 24, Theresa rated it really liked it Shelves: Spradley required text for college courses for uni in australia. Nov 15, Brinacindy rated it it was ok. Ghola rated it it was amazing Oct 30, Catalina Laserna rated it it was amazing Mar 21, Joseph rated it it was amazing Jan 26, Sgb rated it it was amazing Oct 20, Alycia rated it liked it Sep 21, Katy rated it really liked it Nov 18, Linda G Potter rated it it was amazing Sep 19, Josh rated it liked it Feb 05, Angela rated it really liked it Nov 17, Maria spracley it really liked it Ethnographjc 02, Rolf rated it really liked it Apr 13, Erin rated it really liked it Jun 18, Apsana rated it it was amazing Mar 07, Joetta rated it did not like it May 17, Graham Bates rated it innterview liked it Oct 01, Angela rated it really liked it Feb 02, Alan Valdez rated it really liked it May 13, M rated it really liked it Jun 20, Chelsea Hansen rated it really liked it Aug 25, Nick Richtsmeier rated it really liked it Dec 14, There are no discussion topics on this ingerview yet.


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