Emeritus professor Judith Green and alumna Audra Skukauskaitė co-edit “Interactional Ethnography”

Monday, August 8, 2022
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Distinguished Professor Emeritus Judith Green and alumna Audra Skukauskaitė of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School have edited the volume Interactional Ethnography: Designing and Conducting Discourse-Based Ethnographic Research (Routledge 2022). Focusing specifically on Interactional Ethnography (IE) as a distinct, discourse-based form of ethnography, this book introduces readers to the logic and practice behind IE and exemplifies the logic of ethnographic inquiry through a range of example-based chapters, many written by other Gevirtz School alumni, including W. Douglas Baker, Monaliza Maximo Chian, and Beth V. Yeager.

This book brings together a body of work that has until now been largely dispersed. Illustrating how IE intersects with ethnographic methods–including observation, interviews, and fieldwork–the book highlights considerations relating to data analysis, researcher positionality, and the ethics of engaging participants in research. Offering examples of IE in international contexts and across a range of social science and educational settings, the book provides foundational principles and key examples of IE to guide readers’ work.

This book offers researchers, scholars, and teacher educators a definitive, novel contribution to current methodological literature on IE broadly, and will be of particular use to ethnographers starting out in their career. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the volume in illustrating the use of IE in a range of educational sub-disciplines, the book’s relevance extends to the fields of medical education, teacher education, arts and literacy research, as well as providing situated examples of IE in settings with relevance to the social sciences, anthropology, and cultural studies.

Judith Green is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus from UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Education. Her research focuses on developing ways of exploring social, cultural, communicative (discursive) and academic processes constructed in formal and informal educational spaces.

Audra Skukauskaitė (Education, Ph.D.,’06) is Professor in the College of Community Innovation and Education at the University of Central Florida, USA.