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Volume 67, issue 4
Geogr. Helv., 67, 185-194, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-67-185-2012
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Special issue: Ethnographie als Methodologie in der Humangeographie

Geogr. Helv., 67, 185-194, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-67-185-2012
© Author(s) 2012. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  19 Mar 2013

19 Mar 2013

Ethnographie und ihre Folgen für die Kulturgeographie: eine Kritik des Netzwerkkonzepts in Studien zu translokaler Mobilität

J. Verne J. Verne
  • Department of Human Geography, Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany

Abstract. The aim of this article is to show the difference between an interpretative-hermeneutic ethnographic approach deeply embedded in the history of anthropology and ethnographic methods introduced as part of a social science repertoire. Taking the classical "network" as an example, it contrasts the way this concept is generally used in studies on translocal mobility with interpretations of ethnographic research. This not only opens up critical reflections on the role of "networks" when it comes to understanding translocality as a lived experience, but also illustrates what it actually means to follow an interpretative-hermeneutic approach in which ethnographic material is seen to serve as a way to ground, question and refine abstract concepts. The article thus argues that it is through ethnographies and their inherent openness towards the field that a more enriching and creative engagement with theories and methodologies can be achieved than qualitative social science approaches usually allow for.

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