chapter  17
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Ethnography and Working Families

Ethnography, once largely associated with anthropologists studying apparently "exotic" cultures, has become an increasingly accepted research approach in the social sciences and beyond. Of course, the association of ethnography itself with anthropology has always been imperfect. Likewise, anthropology is a broad discipline and its research methods are not exhausted by ethnography. Nonetheless, ethnography has been central 10 cultural anthropology, and it is there that it has arguably been most developed and refined as a research approach. This chapter argues that ethnography, as it is conceptualized and practiced by anthropologists, can provide a productive source of research strategies for family and work researchers.