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On Ethnography
Approaches to Language and Literacy Research (An NCRLL Volume)

Shirley Brice Heath and Brian V. Street with Molly Mills
Language & Literacy (NCRLL)
Pub Date: March 2008, 168 pages

Paperback: $26.95, ISBN: 0807748668
Cloth: $54, ISBN: 0807748676
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Two experienced and esteemed ethnographers examine how to use ethnographic methods to conduct research in language and literacy. The authors begin by mapping some of the developments in ethnography across the last century, from colonial interests to contemporary studies of migration, multiculturalism, and global citizenship. The authors then draw from their own field work and that of a novice ethnographer to inform a succession of chapters on research questions, field notes, and analysis. Throughout, the book stresses that “doing ethnography” involves engagement with public life and cannot be separated out as an academic activity. Appropriate for new and experienced researchers, this readable volume:

  • Examines the principals and practices of conducting ethnographic research, including the challenges and pitfalls.
  • Links ethnography with work in language and literacy, including concepts such as culture, language, translation, multimodal literacies, and language ideologies.

Shirley Brice Heath is Professor at Large in the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University and Margery Bailey Professor of English and Professor Emerita at Stanford University. Brian V. Street is Professor of Language in Education at King’s College, London University.

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