New Directions in Institutional Ethnography Research

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal 6C P (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
TG06 Institutional Ethnography (host committee)

Language: English

Institutional ethnography (IE) frames research across diverse topic areas.  Current research explores front-line work in the public sector (schooling, teaching, nursing, paramedical work, the criminal justice system, homeless shelters, group home workers), which is being managerially re-formed to facilitate stronger governance measures. A second theme in IE research addresses the work of people who coordinate (successfully or not) their everyday/everynight work with the institutions that reach into their lives, but whose everyday lives are made with, yet outside, institutions (mothering work for schooling, young people living in homeless shelters, parents’ educational work with their children). A third research theme addresses the private sector (the textual organization of the “good employee”, the ideological framing of family housing). 
In a recent talk, Dorothy Smith (Fredericton NB, 2011) reminded the audience of the political and gendered social organization that shaped the problematic of IE. She asked: Which women are still invisible and what is the social organization that maintains their silence? This session is oriented to IE research in areas of the social that have not been fully explored, have been neglected, or that require a rethinking of our research on gender, institutional coordination, or the political grounding of IE. 
Session Organizer:
Suzanne VAUGHAN, Arizona State University, USA
Suzanne VAUGHAN, Arizona State University, USA
The Dementia Problematic - an Institutional Ethnography of a Life-World and a Professional Service.
Kjeld HOGSBRO, Aalborg University, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Denmark, Denmark
Blind Spots in Employers' Practices: How Institutional Ethnography May Help in the Rethinking of Labour Market Inclusion Policies for Persons with Disabilities
Siri AKSNES, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway; Rune HALVORSEN, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway
In-Labour Ethnography - Challenges and Possibilities When Doing Ethnography in Our Own Work Place
Mario SANTOS, University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal; Jette Aaroe CLAUSEN, Metropol University College of Copenhagen, Denmark