Lawyer, historian and author Steven Lubet’s Interrogating Ethnography: Why Evidence Matters puts several well-known urban ethnographies on the figurative witness stand and finds that some don’t hold up to legal (and journalistic) scrutiny. The author encourages social science researchers to employ fact-checking techniques to increase the veracity of their work. While Lubet praises social science researchers for their altruistic missions and painstaking data collection in the field he finds follow-up research often lacking. He recognizes that ethnographers do not want to be the adversaries of marginalized subjects but believes that more rigorous vetting of data is crucial to the survival of ethnography as a respected research method. His book provides a blueprint to achieve what he says is needed credibility.
Ethnography, Book Review, Fact-Checking, Law, Journalism
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Keeler, J. K. (2019). Putting Ethnography on the Witness Stand: Review of Interrogating Ethnography: Why Evidence Matters. The Qualitative Report, 24(1), 95-97. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2019.3910