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David Wästerfors

Professor

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Ethnographic discovery after fieldwork with troubled youth

Författare

  • Malin Åkerström
  • David Wästerfors

Redaktör

  • Katarina Jacobsson
  • Jaber Gubrium

Summary, in Swedish

The cultivation of ethnographic discovery is not only about being insightful in the field by paying attention to unexpected events and unforeseen social processes. We should also search for potentially surprising or disturbing findings after the fieldwork. This can provide additional ways to create an original and sustainable understanding of research material. In this chapter, we discuss a study of a public youth care project in Sweden to exemplify post- fieldwork ethnographic discovery. While attentively processing field notes, transcripts and documents and bracketing conventional social problems in the settings, it was possible to discover an unexpected but striking emphasis on meetings and administrative work among the service professionals, which the fieldworkers, unbeknownst to them, had inadvertently documented but not reflected upon analytically. This provided an empirical platform for post- fieldwork creativity, eventually generating a number of publications and new research ideas. The chapter ends with an attempt to turn our experiences from the youth project into proposed guidelines for how to discover unanticipated topics in ethnographic data after fieldwork has ended by way of key readings.

Avdelning/ar

  • Sociologi

Publiceringsår

2021

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

171-189

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Doing Human Service Ethnography

Dokumenttyp

Del av eller Kapitel i bok

Förlag

Polity Press

Ämne

  • Social Work

Nyckelord

  • ethnography human service administration troubled youth

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISBN: 978-1-4473-5579-3
  • ISBN: 978-1-4473-5580-9