Journal of Organizational Ethnography: Volume 1 Issue 1


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Editorial for the Journal of Organizational Ethnography: Time for a new journal, a journal for new times

Matthew Brannan, Mike Rowe, Frank Worthington

The purpose of this paper is to provide an introduction to the new journal, its history, scope and ambitions.

Making organisational ethnography

Tony J. Watson

The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the “manifesto” for organisational ethnography being put forward in the first issue of the Journal of Organizational Ethnography.

Being there, teleography and The Wire

Martin Parker

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.

Organizational ethnography between toolbox and world‐making

Dvora Yanow

The purpose of this paper is to take account of organizational ethnography in its historical and methodological context, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Journal

Ethnography in evolution: adapting to the animal “other” in organizations

Lindsay Hamilton, Nik Taylor

Traditionally, ethnography has been well placed to take account of the messy and complex processes that produce workplace cultures. Likewise, it has always taken interest…

The personality of public documents: a case study in normalising Aboriginal risk

Patrick Sullivan

The purpose of this paper is to explore the potential usefulness of public documents as subjects of ethnography and propose that public documents offer a way to understand…

“Down the rabbit hole” – “curiouser and curiouser”: Using autoethnography as a mode of writing to re‐call, re‐tell and re‐veal bodily embodiment as self‐reflexive inquiry

Caroline Allbon

The purpose of this paper is to clarify the relationship between embodiment and the experience of self, body, and work as mutual organisational relationships by focusing…

A historiographical account of workplace and organizational ethnography

Simon Down

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to argue that the production of past workplace and organizational ethnographies needs to be better understood in their historical…

Organisational autoethnography

Clair Doloriert, Sally Sambrook

The purpose of this paper is to review and organise the autoethnography literature: to explore the obstacles of and opportunities for autoethnography in organisation…

Practising participant observation: an anthropologist's account

Gillian Evans

The purpose of this paper is to provide an anthropological viewpoint on the debate about the uses and abuses of the method of ethnography in the field of…

Having an eye for it: aesthetics, ethnography and the senses

Samantha Warren

The purpose of this paper is to discuss participant‐led photography as a response to the author's need for an “aesthetic approach” to ethnography during fieldwork…

Translating nodes of power through reflexive ethnographic writing

Jasmin Mahadevan

The purpose of this paper is to show the benefit of conceptualizing reflexive ethnographic writing as translation processes across circuits of power that involve…

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