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Mind the Gap: The Case for Adopting an Ethno-drama Writing Style in sensitive Organisational Ethnography

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Angela MazzettiORCiD



This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Anthropology Ireland, 2019.

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By their nature, ethnographic studies involve defined research settings and therefore there is a greater risk that the identity of either the organisation or organisational members may be recognisable to others. Drawing on my experiences of conducting a three-year, multi-sited ethnographic study with three English fire and rescue services and an independent fire training organisation, I explore the difficulties of presenting and publishing research findings whilst protecting the anonymity of the research setting. I suggest that the use of ethnodrama, a method of presenting research findings in the form of a dram script, not only protects the anonymity of the research setting, but also enables the researcher to present an ethnography in a safe, ethical and yet provocative way that brings the research setting ‘alive’ for the reader. Fire and rescue service; firefighters; ethnodrama; stress and coping; organisational ethnography; sensitive research.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mazzetti AS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Irish Journal of Anthropology (IJA)

Year: 2019

Volume: 22

Issue: 1

Pages: 72-86

Online publication date: 01/02/2020

Acceptance date: 13/08/2019

Date deposited: 15/10/2019

ISSN (print): 1393-8592

Publisher: Anthropology Ireland