On the Social Relations of Research

  title={On the Social Relations of Research},
  author={Kevin Walby},
  journal={Qualitative Inquiry},
  pages={1008 - 1030}
  • Kevin Walby
  • Published 1 October 2007
  • Sociology
  • Qualitative Inquiry
Institutional ethnography (IE) is a method of inquiry that problematizes social relations at the local site of lived experience and examines how textual sequences coordinate consciousness and ruling relations. This article explicates some of the shortcomings of IE, so future institutional ethnographers can work with these. I offer a critical assessment of IE, focusing on its ontology of the social and the issue of truncation, the constitutive hermeneutics of interviewing, and the production of… 

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Institutional ethnography (IE) is a method of inquiry created by Canadian feminist sociologist Dorothy E. Smith to examine how sequences of texts coordinate forms of organisation. Here we explain how

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