Re: quick & clean?

Fri, 11 Feb 1994 11:20:58 -0500

Daniel A Ponech writes that a quick and clean ethnography may be "the
first of its kind."

Those familiar with applied anthropology will realize that it is
difficult to perform a good, speedy piece of ethnographic research, but
not impossible. The researcher just has to acquire as much information
about the site to be contacted as quickly as possible, making locally
resident ethnographers ideal candidates for the task. Perhaps the best
way to describe such an ethnography is not "quick and clean." A better
description may be to say that the resident/specialist ethnographer is
performing the quick ethnography as a part of a longer-term project which
focusses on a given area.

In the case of the current project, our team is using ethnographers that
live in Houston and Richmond, both of whom have long track-records of
research in the areas studied.