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    “Good Enough” Methods for Ethnographic Research

    Wendy Luttrell
    In this article, Wendy Luttrell reflects on key decisions she made in her own research in order to illuminate reflexivity for other ethnographic researchers. Luttrell addresses the crisis of representation in ethnography, advocating that researchers name the tensions, contradictions, and power imbalances that they encounter in their work, rather than attempting to eliminate them. The author reexamines her own study of working-class American women’s life stories to make the case for what she terms “good enough” research methods. Through her own self-reflective lens, Luttrell describes several key realizations she made throughout the research process, and traces seven decisions she made as a result.

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    Winter 2000 Issue


    Do Teacher Unions Hinder Educational Performance?
    Lessons Learned from State SAT and ACT Scores
    Robert M. Carini, Brian Powell, Lala Carr Steelman
    American Indian Geographies of Identity and Power
    At the Crossroads of Indígena and Mestizaje
    Sandy Marie Anglas Grande
    “Good Enough” Methods for Ethnographic Research
    Wendy Luttrell

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