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Ethnography in Psychological Research

February 24th, 2022. 8:00-9:30PM (EST).

PANELISTS: Elizabeth Fein, Sunil Bhatia, Jonathan Yahalom, Patricia Greenfield, Talia Weiner


Ethnography is a research practice characterized by engagement and immersion into the particular life-worlds of a social group or groups, in order to better understand and convey something about that world and its participants. While ethnography is a popular research method in the social sciences, it has historically been overlooked in psychological research. Nevertheless, ethnography provides critical access to many of psychology’s most pressing questions about culture, development and social life – dimensions of human experience that are fundamentally embedded in broader social and material contexts. This Salon is hosted by the authors of the forthcoming chapter, “Ethnography In Psychological Research” in the APA Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology. It will bring together leading researchers in psychology to discuss the relevance of ethnography and how it can be used during psychological research. Topics that will be discussed include: choosing and arranging a site, field-note taking and participant observation, ethnographic interviewing, ethics and negotiating relationships in the field, data analysis and ethnographic writing.

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