Comparing The Writing Styles Of Different Ethnographic Resources

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This paper seeks to compare and contrast the writing styles of four different ethnographic resources in order to determine the most effective ways of communicating qualitative research findings for my own research paper. I have determined that a captivating and clear style of writing will be most effective in presenting my own research findings on how participants give meaning to farmers markets as a physical space, facilitating social interaction. I will draw on the following four ethnographies: Skinner’s “The ‘PB’ and the Aestheticization of Violence in Northern Ireland” (2008), Titchkosky’s “’To Pee or Not to Pee?’ Ordinary Talk About Extraordinary Exclusions in a University Environment” (2008), Woodward’s “Hanging Out and Hanging About: Insider/Outsider Research in the Sport of Boxing” (2008) and Zaman’s “Native Among the Natives: Physician Anthropologist Doing Hospital Ethnography at Home” (2008) to reveal effective writing styles. In some of these writings, what may seem like weaknesses could in actuality be conscious decisions to focus on what are more important aspects of their paper, which provides me with lessons for my own research paper. First, as Glesne mentions “the very choice of the language you use … tells a story in addition to what you mean to say” (2011, pp. 243), suggesting that ethnographic writers have the ability to direct their writing to certain audiences and evoke certain reactions. For example, Skinner’s (2008) ethnography establishes a

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