Contexts magazine recently published an article by Northwestern law professor Professor Steven Lubet where he argued that ethnographers should seriously be interested in verifying claims reported in ethnographies. This is part of his bigger effort to critique ethnographic practices, not only in terms of truth making but also in terms of research ethics. Here are the links, some critics of Lubet, and then I’ll give you my brief opinion:
- His book –Interrogating Ethnography.
- His article in Contexts.
- A response by Michael Burawoy in Contexts.
- Lubet’s rejoinder on the Contexts blog.
- A blog response by Mikalia Arthur on Scatterplot.
- Lubet’s response on Scatterplot.
My take: Overall, I am on “Team Lubet.” I won’t relitigate earlier issues, but I will say that ethnographies are not exempt from the ethical principles that govern human behavior in general and social research in particular.
In terms of his specific…
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