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Ethnographic field research: interpreting one's entrance into the field as thrownness

Ethnographic field research: interpreting one's entrance into the field as thrownness
Ethnographic field research: interpreting one's entrance into the field as thrownness
The field is where an ethnographer does the fieldwork, yet a discussion of one´s entrance into the field is essentially overlooked in the IS research literature. This paper suggests that entrance into the field can be seen as a rite of passage into a practice world. Using phenomenological hermeneutics, we direct the focus to everyday being-in-the-world to develop a practical understanding of the field as a fusion of horizons where an ethnographer is thrown. The concept of thrownness suggests including one´s historicity and prejudices as one enters the field. We provide some empirical evidence from an ethnographic field study at a large scale IT services organization. This paper is intended as a contribution to the discussion about qualitative research methods in information systems.
philosophy of is, qualitative research methods, ethnography, fieldwork, hermeneutics
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Chughtai, Hameed
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Myers, Michael David
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Te'eni, Dov
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Avgerou, Chrisanthi
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Chughtai, Hameed
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Myers, Michael David
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Te'eni, Dov
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Avgerou, Chrisanthi
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Chughtai, Hameed and Myers, Michael David (2014) Ethnographic field research: interpreting one's entrance into the field as thrownness. Te'eni, Dov and Avgerou, Chrisanthi (eds.) 22nd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Israel. 09 - 11 Jun 2014. pp. 1-12 .

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Abstract

The field is where an ethnographer does the fieldwork, yet a discussion of one´s entrance into the field is essentially overlooked in the IS research literature. This paper suggests that entrance into the field can be seen as a rite of passage into a practice world. Using phenomenological hermeneutics, we direct the focus to everyday being-in-the-world to develop a practical understanding of the field as a fusion of horizons where an ethnographer is thrown. The concept of thrownness suggests including one´s historicity and prejudices as one enters the field. We provide some empirical evidence from an ethnographic field study at a large scale IT services organization. This paper is intended as a contribution to the discussion about qualitative research methods in information systems.

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e-pub ahead of print date: June 2014
Venue - Dates: 22nd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Israel, 2014-06-09 - 2014-06-11
Keywords: philosophy of is, qualitative research methods, ethnography, fieldwork, hermeneutics
Organisations: Centre of Excellence in Decision, Analytics & Risk Research

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Local EPrints ID: 398016
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/398016
PURE UUID: 11f902ef-da7a-4e30-95d7-ab1fd1bfecf0
ORCID for Hameed Chughtai: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6272-2250

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Date deposited: 14 Jul 2016 11:16
Last modified: 05 Oct 2018 00:29

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Author: Hameed Chughtai ORCID iD
Author: Michael David Myers
Editor: Dov Te'eni
Editor: Chrisanthi Avgerou

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