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On Ethnography: Approaches to Language and Literacy Research


reviewed by Michael Marker September 12, 2008

coverTitle: On Ethnography: Approaches to Language and Literacy Research
Author(s): Shirley Brice Heath and Brian V. Street with Molly Mills
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807748668, Pages: 168, Year: 2008
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Ordinarily it might be somewhat of a yawn that a new book arrives on ethnography. There are now mountains of texts on field methods and qualitative methods and ethnographic methods. But, this short book is a standout in being both a survey of major themes in ethnography and, at the same time, a bit of a how to do it manual. The book reminds me of some of the reasons that, when I was a graduate student, I became excited about “writing culture” as a methodology. The authors are well-established scholars in the field of sociolinguistics and ethnographic methods. The book is written in a conversational style by experienced researchers who have spent decades both in the field and working with graduate students. The text is practical as well as theoretical. They use the ethnographic work of a Brown University student, Molly Mills, doing a study of a young street... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 12, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15371, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 7:28:05 AM

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  • Michael Marker
    University of British Columbia
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    MICHAEL MARKER is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies and the Director of Ts"kel First Nations Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia. He has published articles on the politics of ethnography, educational ethohistory, and Indigenous knowledge issues in the classroom.
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