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Family and Work in Everyday Ethnography by Tamara M. Brown, Joanna Dreby

By Tamara M. Brown, Joanna Dreby

Family and paintings in daily Ethnography exposes the intimate courting among ethnographers as either relatives and researchers. The members to this interesting quantity query and problematize the “artificial divide” among paintings and relations that keeps to permeate writing on ethnographic box paintings as social scientists attempt to juggle examine and relations tensions whereas “on the job.”
 
Essays relate reports that reflect work-family dilemmas that every one hired mom and dad face, and convey how deeply own studies impact social scientists’ domestic lifestyles and their experiences. Bringing jointly voices of assorted kinfolk members—pregnant ladies, moms, fathers, and children—Family and paintings in daily Ethnography demonstrates how the combination of labor and relatives during this specific profession has raised questions—both useful and theoretical—that relate to race, category, and gender.
 
Contributors contain: Chris Bobel, Erynn Masi de Casanova, Randol Contreras, C. Aiden Downey, Tanya Golash-Boza, Steven Gold, Sherri Grasmuck, Barbara Katz Rothman,
Jennifer Reich, Leah Schmalzbauer, Gregory Smithsimon, and the editors.

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Respondents assured me they understood my experience of pregnancy and mothering; I hoped these interactions also helped them imagine that I could empathetically reciprocate. My responses, I realize now, also centered on the experience of parenting as a shared vocabulary. For example, I wrote to one parent, “I will plan on [scheduling a meeting]. ” This is not an e-mail I would have sent to the lawyers or judges or health care providers also in my study. But to other parents, it seemed appropriate.

Someone who has as little knowledge or interest in soccer as I do, and as much sociological imagination as I do, and who is stuck in soccer fields for Theorizing the Field╇ ◆╇21 any length of time would surely begin trying to figure out what is going on there, thinking about them as research fields in terms other than (more than? different than) the rules of the game. Someone with a strong gender concern would pick up on some things; someone with a Marxist take would undoubtedly be seeing something else.

And yes, indeed, you may feel like your whole life is slipping into some insane black hole of need, fear, and misery. Well, grab yourself a pen, and pull yourself out. Take notes. Get distance, get your brain in gear, take every moment of fear and fury, and note it down. 18╇ ◆╇ Chapter 2 It really is wonderful advice, if I do say so myself. I use it in my own life quite a bit. I have taken notes in post-op recovery rooms, in funeral homes, in rushing ambulances, in surgical waiting rooms, at home births, during family fights, at adoption agencies—just about everywhere.

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