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Beyond the Case: The Logics and Practices of Comparative Ethnography

Corey M. Abramson and Neil Gong


The social sciences have seen a substantial increase in comparative and multisited ethnographic projects over the last three decades, yet field research often remains associated with small-scale, in-depth, and singular case studies. The growth of comparative ethnography underscores the need to carefully consider the process, logics, and consequences of comparison. This need is intensified by the fact that ethnography has long encompassed a wide range of traditions with different approaches toward comparative social science. At present, researchers seeking to design comparative field projects h ... More

Keywords: methodology, comparison, ethnography, sociology, anthropology, pluralism, epistemology, qualitative research

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190608484
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190608484.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Corey M. Abramson, editor
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona

Neil Gong, editor
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, UCLA

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Corey M. Abramson and Neil Gong

Section I The Evolution of Classic Approaches to Comparison

2 Conducting Comparative Participant Observation

Corey M. Abramson and Martín Sánchez-Jankowski

3 The Thematic Lens

Thomas DeGloma and Max Papadantonakis

Section II New and Existing Critical Approaches to Comparison

Section III Contextualizing Comparison

9 Elite Ethnography

Lynn S. Chancer

10 A Dialog with Aaron Cicourel on Comparative Ethnography

Aaron V. Cicourel and Corey M. Abramson


Neil Gong and Corey M. Abramson

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