Ethnographic realism

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Within the field of anthropology and other social sciences, ethnography is a genre of writing used to describe human interactions. Ethnographic realism is a style of ethnographic writing that narrates the author's experiences and observations as if the reader was witnessing or experiencing events first hand. A work written using ethnographic realism may be referred to as a realist ethnography, and classified as a subgenre of ethnography.

Styles of ethnographic realism[edit]

George Marcus and Dick Cushman described and categorized realist ethnographies under certain characteristics.[1]

  • Totalizing description
  • Omniscient narration
  • Native interpretation
  • Generalizations
  • Jargon


  1. ^ Marcus, George; Cushman, Dick (Jan 1, 1982). "Ethnographies as Texts". Annual Review of Anthropology 11: 25–69. doi:10.1146/ Retrieved Oct 19, 2014.