The Palgrave Handbook of Urban Ethnography

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These ethnographically-based studies of diverse urban experiences across the world present cutting edge research and stimulate an empirically-grounded theoretical reconceptualization. The essays identify ethnography as a powerful tool for making sense of life in our rapidly changing, complex cities. They stress the point that while there is no need to fetishize fieldwork—or to view it as an end in itself —its unique value cannot be overstated. These active, engaged researchers have produced essays that avoid abstractions and generalities while engaging with the analytical complexities of ethnographic evidence. Together, they prove the great value of knowledge produced by long-term fieldwork to mainstream academic debates and, more broadly, to society.
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Italo Pardo is Honorary Reader at the University of Kent, UK, and Founding President of the International Urban Symposium, a non-profit association. He co-edits the journal Urbanities - Journal of Urban Ethnography and the book series Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology.
Giuliana B. Prato is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Kent, UK, and a founding member of the International Urban Symposium. She is also Chair of the IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology and a co-editor of the book series Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology.
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Springer
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Published on
Nov 14, 2017
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Pages
575
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ISBN
9783319642895
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Social Science / Anthropology / General
Social Science / Human Geography
Social Science / Sociology / General
Social Science / Sociology / Urban
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Loïc Wacquant is one of the most influential sociological theorists of the contemporary era with his research and writings resonating widely across the social sciences. This edited collection critically responds to Wacquant’s distinct approach to understanding the contemporary urban condition in advanced capitalist societies. It comprises chapters focused on Europe and North America from leading international scholars and new emergent voices, which chart new empirical, theoretical and methodological territory. Pivoting on the relationship between class, ethnicity and the state in the (re-)making of urban marginality, the volume takes stock of Wacquant’s body of work and assesses its value as a springboard for rethinking urban inequality in polarizing times.
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