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Being there, teleography and The Wire

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Organizational Ethnography
Issue number1
DatePublished - 20 Apr 2012


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.

    Research areas

  • Culture, Ethnography, History, History of ethnography, Organizations, Television, The Wire


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