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Anthropology & Archaeology Subject Guide — Ethnographies

A guide to resources that support anthropological & archeological research

What is ethnographic research?

"An ethnography is a descriptive account of social life and culture in a particular social system based on detailed observations of what people actually do. It is a research method most closely associated with anthropological studies of tribal societies, but it also used by sociologists, especially in relation to groups, organizations and communities that are part of larger and more complex societies such as hospitals, ethnic neighborhoods, urban gangs, or religious cults."

-definition from the Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology.

Ethnographies are useful to give you a more detailed look on a group/organization you are researching. In this page, see a list of ethnographic books and journals that may be useful for your own research

Ethnographic Book Series

Classical Ethnographies

Ethnographies are a type of source created by anthropologists and ethnologists to try to document and understand the wide spectrum of human life and culture from around the world. They are an excellent anthropological source for your research topic. To find out if we own any of these titles, check the Library's General Search.