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Who are we trying to impress? Reflections in navigating political science, ethnography and interpretation

Who are we trying to impress? Reflections in navigating political science, ethnography and interpretation
Who are we trying to impress? Reflections in navigating political science, ethnography and interpretation
Purpose
– Turning laborious ethnographic research into stylized argumentative prose for academic consumption is a painstaking craft. The purpose of this paper is to revisit this perennial issue, and extend a claim the authors have made elsewhere about the inevitably impressionistic, rather than the oft-claimed “systematic”, nature of this task.

Design/methodology/approach
– The authors draw and reflect on their own experiences of conducting and navigating across political science, ethnography and interpretation in order to justify and uphold the benefits of impressionism.

Findings
– The authors argue that the impressionistic account of writing up fieldwork has important implications for these diverse disciplinary terrains.

Originality/value
– The authors develop an argument as to how and why an appreciation of this craft’s impressionistic nature can affect how the authors go about creating, evaluating and ultimately thinking about ethnographic research in foreign disciplines like political science.
2046-6749
223-235
Boswell, John
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Corbett, Jack
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Boswell, John
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Corbett, Jack
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Boswell, John and Corbett, Jack (2015) Who are we trying to impress? Reflections in navigating political science, ethnography and interpretation. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 4 (2), 223-235. (doi:10.1108/JOE-08-2014-0030). (In Press)

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Abstract

Purpose
– Turning laborious ethnographic research into stylized argumentative prose for academic consumption is a painstaking craft. The purpose of this paper is to revisit this perennial issue, and extend a claim the authors have made elsewhere about the inevitably impressionistic, rather than the oft-claimed “systematic”, nature of this task.

Design/methodology/approach
– The authors draw and reflect on their own experiences of conducting and navigating across political science, ethnography and interpretation in order to justify and uphold the benefits of impressionism.

Findings
– The authors argue that the impressionistic account of writing up fieldwork has important implications for these diverse disciplinary terrains.

Originality/value
– The authors develop an argument as to how and why an appreciation of this craft’s impressionistic nature can affect how the authors go about creating, evaluating and ultimately thinking about ethnographic research in foreign disciplines like political science.

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Accepted/In Press date: 10 March 2015
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 376592
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/376592
ISSN: 2046-6749
PURE UUID: 85d01a26-2b24-4dc4-90a0-56dbb2c45682
ORCID for John Boswell: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3018-8791
ORCID for Jack Corbett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2005-7162

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Date deposited: 05 May 2015 13:40
Last modified: 20 Mar 2020 01:33

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Author: John Boswell ORCID iD
Author: Jack Corbett ORCID iD

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