Ethnographers of the World… United? Current Debates on the Ethnographic Study of "Globalization"

Lapegna, Pablo
Article written by 2009 DPDF Critical Agrarian Studies Fellow Pablo Lapegna, featured in the Journal of World Systems Research, Volume 51, No. 1:

How does ethnography come to terms with our current “global condition”? Being a method characterized by its in-depth knowledge of a bounded space, how does ethnography cope with a world scale? How does the “global condition” affect the definitions of key ethnographic concepts? In this article, I first reconstruct ethnographic debates regarding the status of “the global,” showing how ethnography can contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the binary global/local. Then I review two projects that study global processes from an ethnographic point of view: multi-site ethnography (Marcus 1995) and global ethnography (Burawoy et al. 2000). I compare these two approaches along four dimensions: site, context, research design and reflexivity. I argue that while multi-site ethnography and global ethnography are often used interchangeably, each ultimately presents distinctive answers to key questions for the ethnographic study of global processes.

Title
Ethnographers of the World… United? Current Debates on the Ethnographic Study of "Globalization"
Author
Lapegna, Pablo
Published
American Sociological Association, June 2009
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Citation
Lapegna, Pablo, "Ethnographers of the World… United? Current Debates on the Ethnographic Study of "Globalization"," in Journal of World Systems Research, ed. (American Sociological Association, June 2009), http://www.jwsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Lapegna-vol15n1.pdf, 51, 1, 3-24.