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Naptime at the O.K. Corral : Shane's Beginner's Guide to Childhood Ethnography, Paperback / softback Book

Naptime at the O.K. Corral : Shane's Beginner's Guide to Childhood Ethnography Paperback / softback


Shane is back! The beloved heroine of students and faculty alike returns in this third volume of the acclaimed series, focusing on the basic how-to's and foundations of ethnographic studies of children and childhoods.

The book opens with Shane trying to land a post-doc working in a department of cultural anthropologists studying children and childhood.

Rather predictably, Shane initially sees children as nothing more than small adults.

But in this book she'll be forced to reorient herself, yet again.

As usual, she is aided by the spirits of the ancestors, of senior colleagues, of talking guinea pigs and gigantic head lice, and through it all by her esteemed guide, Billy the Literal Kid.

This illustrated guide will orient the reader to the fundamental challenges in doing ethnographic research with children.

The book begins by briefly exploring the history of research on children, with children, for children and "by" children.

Throughout, it is about doing research with children rather than on them, highlighting their participant rather than object nature.

Topics covered include:Foundations of child developmentDefining childhoodThe history, essential theories and major works in the anthropology of childhoodChildren's culture and popular KindercultureEthical concerns and IRBsFoundations of naturalistic inquiry with childrenIntroduction to ethnographic methods with child participants, including detailed guidance in observation and interview methodsPractical guidelines for analyzing children's artwork and other visual productsAddressing the complexities of adult researcher subjectivities and rolesThis book is intended for the novice ethnographic researcher and student alike with learning at its core and is designed to encourage wider and deeper reading.

It is a useful tool for teaching advanced undergraduate and graduate students in Education, Anthropology, Childhood Studies, Nursing, Communications, Media Studies, Art Education, and more, as well as an essential volume for any faculty bookshelf.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 216 pages, Fully illustrated in black and white, comic book format
  • Publisher: Left Coast Press Inc
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  • Category: Age groups: children
  • ISBN: 9781611328455

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