In this volume, Paul Atkinson presents useful advice on how to read, and therefore how to write, ethnography. He examines how ethnographers create field notes and how they do interview transcriptions, inevitably revealing the author's hand. He outlines various literary conventions used in ethnographic writing and points out some of the recent experiments that have departed from traditional ethnographic style. He links these to an analysis of the contributions of postmodernist theory to ethnographic work.
Paul Atkinson is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Cardiff University. His current interest is the work of artists and craft workers. His books include Thinking Ethnographically (SAGE, 2017), For Ethnography (SAGE, 2014), Everyday Arias (AltaMira, 2006), Interactionism (coauthored with William Housley; SAGE, 2003), Key Themes in Qualitative Research (coauthored with Amanda Coffey and Sara Delamount; AltaMira, 2003). He and Sara Delamont were the founding editors of the journal Qualitative Research (SAGE). He coedited the SAGE Handbook of Ethnography (2001). He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.