Short-term ethnography: Intense routes to knowing

Sarah Pink, Jennie Morgan

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In this article, we explore how short-term theoretically informed ethnography is emerging as an approach to doing research that is contemporary in both its subject matter and in its use for applied research projects designed to lead to informed interventions in the world. We argue that far from being a 'quick and dirty' route to doing qualitative research, short-term ethnography is characterized by forms of intensity that lead to deep and valid ways of knowing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-361
Number of pages11
JournalSymbolic Interaction
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • enthnographic knowledge
  • healthcare
  • methodology
  • safety
  • short-term ethnography

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