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(ANTHROPOLOGY) the provision of’densely textured facts’ about a social context, on the basis of which more general assertions about the role of culture in social life can be sustained (C. Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures, 1973). Like the ETHNOMETHODOLOGISTS, Geertz's interpretive anthropology regards a minute attention to the fine details of everyday social life as the only feasible basis for more extended generalizations, but he makes no assumption that any ‘thick description’, however detailed, can ever be complete.
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Godfried uses an impressive array of primary sources to provide a thick description of the kinds of shows broadcast by WCFL.
Rock's method is phenomenological and primarily descriptive, aiming for (and achieving) what he calls an `appreciative, thick description of what drove the actors on the social scene at the material times' (p.
There is more to such an effect than simply the perils of too much 'thick description', for the poet who proves so elusive in Filreis's thorough detective-work is indeed on the move in the 1930s, but not necessarily in a direction that accords at all well with either 'right' or 'left'.
If "Viewing Olmsted" unmasks the apparatuses of vision, Smithson can be credited with having situated Olmsted's parks in another, less visual tradition - that of "thick description" - by making explicit reference to John Rechy's 1963 novel City of Night, particularly its account of gay men cruising the Rambles in Central Park.
Harrel, after a "thick description" of the unique phenomenon of "playing in the valley," decides that "modem societies really are remarkably alike" (p.
Her study demonstrates the detail or "thick description" a good qualitative study can give about the writing process as a whole.
She appropriates Geertz's notion of the "thick description" in order to justify her attention to details, and she contends, with Naomi Schor, that gender becomes an especially relevant and illuminating category when one focuses on textual detail.
Through a thick description of Musa, a Hausa peasant in a remote part of South Central Niger who has been slightly anonymized to protect his privacy, Heiss tries to persuade the reader that anthropology can only benefit from making room for the individual.
At heart a thick description of London during Dickens's lifetime, this study is not principally concerned with proving an argument.
It is impossible to disentangle the thick description from the moral philosophy, however, and ill-advised as this methodological humus provides a compendium of best practices, an annotated field guide to human subjects research.
The author's objective in utilizing an interpretive methodological framework is to produce thick description of "naturally occurring phenomena through the construction of richly detailed accounts that shed light on complexities of daily communication" (p.
He contextualizes Barth's call to ministry with a "thick description" of the cultural, political, and ecclesiastical dimensions of end of the Weimar Republic.