Suggested Readings

An always incomplete list of suggested readings on ethnography. To suggest additions, please provide in the comments section below, and we will incorporate them into the list.

On the Ethnographic Method

Burawoy, Michael. 1998. ‘The extended case method.” Sociological Theory 16(1):4-33.

Desmond, Matthew. 2014. “Relational Ethnography.” Theory and Society 43:547-579.

Katz, Jack. 1997. “Ethnography’s warrants.” Sociological Methods & Research 25(4):391-423.

Katz, Jack. 2001. ‘From How to Why: On Luminous Description and Causal Inference in Ethnography (Part I).’ Ethnography 2(4):443-473.

Katz, Jack. 2002. ‘From How to Why: On Luminous Description and Causal Inference in Ethnography (Part 2).’ Ethnography 3(1):63-90.

Wacquant, Loic. 2002. “Scrutinizing the Street: Poverty, Morality, and the Pitfalls of Urban Ethnography.” American Journal of Sociology 107(6):1468-1532.

Weiss, Robert. 1994. Learning from Strangers: the Art and Method of Qualitative Interview Studies. New York: Free Press.


Sociological Theory

Bourdieu, P., & Wacquant, L. J. 1992. An invitation to reflexive sociology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


Suggested Ethnographies

Bank-Muñoz, Carolina. 2008. Transnational Tortillas: Race, Gender, and Shop-Floor Politics in Mexico and the United States. Cornell University Press. 

Bettie, Julie. 2002. Women without class: Girls, Race, and Identity. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Bernstein, Elizabeth. 2007. Temporarily Yours: Intimacy, Authenticity, and the Commerce of Sex. Chicago: Chicago University Press.

Britton, Dana. 2003. At Work in the Iron Cage: The Prison as Gendered Organization. New York: NYU Press.

Bourgois, Phillippe. 1996. In Search of Respect: Selling crack in El Barrio. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Cantu, Lionel. 2009. The Sexuality of Migration: Border Crossings and Mexican Immigrant Men. New York: NYU Press.

Collins, Jane L. and Victoria Mayer. 2010. Both Hands Tied: Welfare Reform and the Race to the Bottom in the Low-Wage Labor Market. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Connell, Catherine. 2014. School’s Out: Gay and Lesbian Teachers in the Classroom. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Desmond, Matthew. 2007. On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Elliott, Sinikka. 2012. Not My Kid: What Parents Believe about the Sex Lives of Their Teenagers. New York: New York University Press.

Fields, Jessica. 2008. Risky Lessons: Sex Education and Social Inequality. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press

Ferguson, Anne Arnett. 2001. Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity. University of Michigan Press.

Hoang, Kimberly. 2015. Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

McCorkel, Jill. 2013. Breaking Women: Gender, Race, and the New Politics of Imprisonment. New York: NYU Press.

Kang, Miliann. 2010. The Managed Hand: Race, Gender, and the Body in Beauty Service Work. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Mojola, Sanyu. 2014. Love, Money, and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Moore, Mignon. 2011. Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships, and Motherhood among Black Women. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Lareau, Annette. 2003. Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Pascoe, CJ. 2011. Dude you’re a fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. 

Parreñas, Rhacel. 2011. Illicit Flirtations: Labor, Migration, and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Pugh, Allison. 2009. Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children, and Consumer Culture. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Salinger, Leslie. 2003. Genders in Production: Making Workers in Mexico’s Global Factories. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Scheper-Hughes, Nancy. 1993. Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Stein, Arlene. 2002. The Stranger Next Door:The Story of a Small Community’s Battle over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights. Beacon Press.

Wacquant, Loic. 2004. Body & Soul. New York: Oxford University Press.

Ward, Jane. 2008. Respectably Queer. Vanderbilt University Press.

Williams, Christine. 2006. Inside Toyland: Working, Shopping, and Social Inequality. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Willis, Paul. 1977. Learning to Labor: How Working Class Kids Get Working Class Jobs. New York: Columbia University Press.

Older works

Foner, Nancy. 1994. The Caregiving Dilemma (U. California Press, 1994).

Gibson, James William. 1994. Warrior Dreams. Hill and Wang.

Ginsburg, Faye. 1989. Contested Lives: The Abortion Debate in an American Community. University of California Press.

Hochschild, Arlie. The Second Shift (Avon, 1989); The Managed Heart (U. California Press, 1983); The Time Bind (Metropolitan, 1997).

Humphries, Laud. 1970. Tearoom Trade. Aldine.

Leidner, Robin. 1993. Fast Food, Fast Talk: Service Work and the Routinization of Everyday Life. U. California Press.

Rollins, Judith. 1985. Between Women: Domestics and their Employers Temple Univ. Press.

Stacey, Judy. 1990. Brave New Families. Basic Books.

Thorne, Barrie, 1993. Gender Play. Rutgers University Press.


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