PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to question some of the assumptions about warm proximity which animate the idea of ethnography as a largely naturalistic mode of enquiry. Design/methodology/approachWatching television and having a think. FindingsThat the history of ethnography can be told as a process of bringing “them” closer to “us”, and this account culminates in the idea of watching a TV show as a mode of academic enquiry. Originality/valueLargely depends on whether anyone is actually convinced by the argument.
- History of ethnography
- The Wire