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Critical Ethnography in Educational Research: A Theoretical and Practical Guide


reviewed by Peter McClaren ó 1997

coverTitle: Critical Ethnography in Educational Research: A Theoretical and Practical Guide
Author(s): Phil Francis Carspecken
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415904935, Pages: , Year: 1995
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Critical Ethnography in Educational Research may seem a relatively slender volume for a scholarly book dealing with the vast terrain of ethnographic research, in particular the philosophy and practice of critical ethnography. The size of this book is definitely misleading. This is one of the most impressive teaching books on qualitative research that I have ever read. It is a brilliant introductory volume by one of the most astute and creative ethnographic theorists in North America. If Phil Carspecken's work has not yet received the attention it deserves, this book should do a lot to change that. There are many impressive aspects to this book but space permits me to comment on only a few. Carspecken begins his book with a discussion of critical epistemology, an understanding of the relationship between power and thought, and power and truth claims. In a short exposition of what is "critical" to critical epistemology, he debunks facile forms of social constructivism and offers a deft criticism of mainstream epistemologies by... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 2, 1997, p. 418-420
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10261, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 2:11:50 AM

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