Ethnographies of Academic Writing Research

Theory, methods, and interpretation

Ignacio Guillén-Galve | University of Zaragoza
Ana Bocanegra-Valle | University of Cadiz
ISBN 9789027210067 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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This book illustrates the use of ethnography as an analytical approach to investigate academic writing, and provides critical insights into how academic writing research can benefit from the use of ethnographic methods. Throughout its six theoretical and practice-oriented studies, together with the introductory chapter, foreword and afterword, ethnography-related concepts like thick description, deep theorizing, participatory research, research reflexivity or ethics are discussed against the affordances of ethnography for the study of academic writing. The book is key reading for scholars, researchers and instructors in the areas of applied linguistics, academic writing, academic literacies and genre studies. It will also be useful to those lecturers and postgraduate students working in English for Academic Purposes and disciplinary writing. The volume provides ethnographically-oriented researchers with clear pointers about how to incorporate the telling of the inside story into their traditional main role as observers.
[Research Methods in Applied Linguistics, 1]  2021.  xi, 162 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Individually, all seven chapters are well-written, and I enjoyed each of the perspectives that they offered.”
“Throughout this collection, readers develop deeper understandings of what insights ethnographic methods can offer, with special emphasis on those that might not otherwise be accessible to other kinds of researchers. On one hand, chapters like Manchón’s and Ávila Reyes’s provide clear examples of the invisible and (especially in the case of Ávila Reyes’s underrepresented students) sometimes suppressed processes and perspectives surfaced by ethnographic work. Similarly, Albero-Posac and Luzón’s suggestion that ethnographic methods offer important reorientations to texts and writers in digital spaces illustrates the potential for seeing beyond what mere text-based research might. But on the other hand, the collection’s emphasis on deep theorizing and reflexivity also highlights several ways that ethnographic methods can deepen researchers’ understanding of their own positionality vis-à-vis their own work. Such attention to theoretical rigor is bound up in the push for researchers to take on a reflexive stance that, as Khuder and Petrić’s chapter makes clear, is ongoing and might be considered a requirement for research to be described as ethnographic. Similarly, Tardy suggests that a more theoretically-attuned approach to thick description might be a prerequisite for fulfilling the more specifically Geertzian requirements of ethnography. Thus, for both novice and experienced researchers, this collection provides a rich range of opportunities to continually deepen their approaches to this theoretical and reflexive work.”
“The volume constitutes a clear, well-organized contribution that covers the most relevant dimensions of academic writing in today’s world: online academic discourse, writing in second and third languages, student writing, refugees’ writing, reflexivity, participation, textography, emic perspectives, rich, textured, dense identities and descriptions. [...] This is a key resource book for researchers, teachers and students in the fields of applied linguistics, discourse genre studies and writing studies, among other disciplines.”
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFC – Literacy
BISAC Subject: LAN005010 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Writing / Academic & Scholarly
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2021036139 | Marc record