Being there, teleography and The Wire

Martin Parker (Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)

Journal of Organizational Ethnography

ISSN: 2046-6749

Publication date: 20 April 2012



The purpose of this paper is to question some of the assumptions about warm proximity which animate the idea of ethnography as a largely naturalistic mode of enquiry.


Watching television and having a think.


That the history of ethnography can be told as a process of bringing “them” closer to “us”, and this account culminates in the idea of watching a TV show as a mode of academic enquiry.


Largely depends on whether anyone is actually convinced by the argument.



Parker, M. (2012), "Being there, teleography and The Wire", Journal of Organizational Ethnography, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 23-30.

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