poll: is ethnography completely different than other kinds of research?
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Although I have published an ethnography article and a book of interviews and historical research, I do not have the habitus of the typical qualitative sociologist. In talking to ethnographers and other qualitative researchers, I often get the feeling that they are openly hostile or critical to the ideas that motivate quantitative research. Samples, inferences, and general conclusions are anathema. Is this just a posture? Or do qualitative researchers think that they are doing something completely different? If they aren’t looking for applicable lessons, are they just looking for well documented “just so” stories? Or is it merely an exercise in distinction, where ethnographers and other qualitative scholars use a different rhetoric to bolster their academic standing?