University of Chicago Press Ethnography Series: Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries

Jack Katz and I are co-editing an ethnographic monograph series published by The University of Chicago Press. The series publishes ethnographic research which incorporates central features of the Chicago fieldwork tradition, including:

Novel data, produced by originality in the places and people studied, in the angle the researcher takes in the field (e.g., looking from below at a setting often seen through the lenses of people in positions of power), or in the way the researcher interacts with and records evidence about the people studied.

Naturalistic data, providing unique access to subjectivity and to lived experience in contemporary social life, leading to analyses grounded in the experience of the people studied, in their worlds as they live them, and preserving their own sense of their situations and the personal colors and innovations through which they shape their conduct.

Explicit analysis and self-reflective methods, promoting a triangular relationship between reader, author and subjects; our model ethnography is a framework in which the reader, by seeing not only the author's interpretations but the subjects more or less directly, can assess how the author is re-presenting them.

Ethnographies published in the Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries Series include:

Elijah Anderson, A Place on the Corner. Second Edition. 2003 Peter Bearman, Doormen. 2005.

Michele de la Pradelle, Market Day in Provence. Translated by Amy Jacobs. 2006.

Stefan Timmermanns, Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths. 2006.

Matthew Desmond, On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters. 2007.

Caroline Knowles and Douglas Harper, Hong Kong: Migrant Lives, Landscapes, and Journeys. 2009.

For inquiries about appropriate manuscripts for the Series, contact the co-editors Bob Emerson or Jack Katz.