By Jean Lave,Thomas P. Gibson

In this prolonged meditation, Jean Lave interweaves research of the method of apprenticeship one of the Vai and Gola tailors of Liberia with reflections at the evolution of her learn on these tailors within the past due Nineteen Seventies. In so doing, she offers either an in depth account of her apprenticeship within the paintings of sustained fieldwork and an insightful assessment of thirty years of adjustments within the empirical and theoretical features of ethnographic perform. studying the problems she faced in her personal paintings, Lave exhibits how the severe questions raised by means of ethnographic learn erode traditional assumptions, changing the path of the paintings that follows.

As ethnography takes on expanding value to an ever widening box of thinkers on subject matters from schooling to ecology, this erudite yet available ebook should be necessary to an individual tackling the query of what it ability to adopt serious and conceptually hard fieldwork. Apprenticeship in serious Ethnographic Practice explains the way to heavily discover what it potential to be human in a posh world—and why it's so important.

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