The Palgrave Handbook of Urban Ethnography

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The Palgrave Handbook of Urban Ethnography – Edited by Italo Pardo and Giuliana B. Prato

pp. vi, 593 (November 2017) — ISBN 978-3-319-64288-8

— DOI 10,1007/978-3-319-64289-5

Presents a range of topics, such as work, employment, and informality; everyday life and community relations; marginalization, gender, family, kinship, religion and ethnicity; and political strategies and social movements in historical and transnational perspectives.

Points to new topical debates and charts new theoretical directions. Encourages reflection on the significance of the anthropological paradigm in urban research and its centrality to mainstream academic debates.

These 30 ethnographically-based studies of diverse urban experiences across the world present original cutting-edge research and stimulate an empirically-grounded theoretical reconceptualization. The essays identify ethnography as a powerful tool for making sense of life in our rapidly changing, complex cities. They stress the point that while there is no need to fetishize fieldwork—or to view it as an end in itself —its unique value cannot be overstated. These active, engaged researchers have produced essays that avoid abstractions and generalities while engaging with the analytical complexities of ethnographic evidence. Together, they prove the great value of knowledge produced by long-term fieldwork to mainstream academic debates and, more broadly, to society.