“Harry Wolcott uses fifty years of experience to take the reader inside the process of constructing an ethnographic study, offering a wealth of lessons from one of the masters of the genre”. This is indeed a concise description by the publisher. The text is constructed around the author’s five major studies. Wolcott thus gives a unique contribution to the field of ethnography as he presents some critical components of ethnography in his desire to share with us readers the results of his career-long search for the essence of ethnography. The book is divided into eight chapters. I give a critical review of the book, attempting to present the subject matter to potential readers, while drawing on its strengths and weaknesses.


Ethics, Ethnography, Qualitative Research, Serendipity

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Dr. Denise Mifsud, a Deputy Head at a further education institution in Malta, has very recently been awarded her PhD by the University of Stirling. Research areas of interest include educational policy analysis, generation and implementation; leadership theories, with a particular interest in educational leadership; school networks and educational reforms; power relations; Foucauldian theory; Actor-Network theory, as well as qualitative research methods, with a particular focus on narrative, as well as creative and unconventional modes of data representation. Correspondence regarding this review can be addressed directly to: Denise Mifsud at E-mail: dmenglishteacher@gmail.com

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