Institutional Ethnographic Contributions to Justice and Change

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 6C P (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
TG06 Institutional Ethnography (host committee)

Language: English

This session focuses on institutional ethnography (IE) as a skill activist can use to uncover the invisible forms of ruling relevant to contemporary struggles for social justice. As Smith (2006) notes IE provides a tool for exploring how the relevant dimensions of the ruling relations are put together, what kinds of institutional changes will be effective and how to arrive at them. Since George Smith’s 1990 seminal article in Social Problems on “Political Activism as Ethnographer,” those using institutional ethnography have worked with communities to address numerous justice issues. This session welcomes work which examines IE’s potential for locating institutional sites of change accessible to those working for justice.
Session Organizer:
Suzanne VAUGHAN, Arizona State University, USA
Eric MYKHALOVSKIY, York University, Canada
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Frank WANG, Graduate Institute of Social Work, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
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Lauren EASTWOOD, SUNY College at Plattsburgh, USA; Marjorie DEVAULT, Syracuse University, USA