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Writing Ethnography

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Angela MazzettiORCiD


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In this case study, I explore the challenges associated with writing a detailed and insightful ethnography whilst simultaneously maintaining organization and participant anonymity. The case study is based on my personal research experiences of conducting a multi-sited ethnographic study with three fire and rescue services and an independent fire training company. I reflect on the ethical dilemmas inherent in ethnographic research that requires close researcher involvement with their research participants. I put forward some strategies for writing ethnographic fieldnotes and findings that enable the researcher to balance presenting colorful insights into their research participants’ worlds whilst simultaneously maintaining participant anonymity.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mazzetti AS

Publication type: Online Publication

Publication status: Published

Series Title: SAGE Research Methods: Business

Year: 2023

Access Year: 2023

Acceptance date: 01/03/2023

ISBN: 9781529669084

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc.

Place Published: London

Access Date: 7 July


DOI: 10.4135/9781529669084