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Research Methods in Anthropology: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  280 ratings  ·  17 reviews
'Research Methods in Anthropology' is the standard textbook for methods courses in anthropology. This fourth edition contains all the useful methodological advice of previous editions and more: additional material on text analysis, an expanded section on sampling in field settings, and dozens of new examples. ...more
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 803 pages
Published December 22nd 2005 by Altamira Press (first published 1988)
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Ashley
Jul 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: geeks and do-gooders
Shelves: method
"Be brave in your hypotheses," Dr. Bernard told us this week. Written in a conversational, straightforward style, this is the book on anthropological methods. Post-structuralists -- beware the storm of ANTHROPOLOGICAL SCIENCE. ...more
Liz
Jul 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Liz by: David
For the thickness and the topic this author is amazingly un-dry! Plenty of examples and lively side comments to stir it up. It's rare to find a text book that is enjoyable to read. ...more
Eric B. Kennedy
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: research
You've heard of "the bible" - but have you read Bernard's Research Methods? Because, if not, you're missing out on a book that's far more informative, well thought out, approachable, and dependable.

Sure, the opening line of this review might be in jest... actually, no. I teach methods classes in academic and professional settings; review several new methods textbooks each year; and am generally obsessed with trying to improve the methodological rigour of our field. Bernard's Research Methods is,
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Eric
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unquestionably the single best authority on anthropological research methods. Every anthropologist should read this book. And when they are done they should set it at the bottom of their "to read" pile and read it again. ...more
Poulomy Chakraborty
As long as I work in areas of social research, I will keep using this book on and off!
Amber Case
Jun 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in increasing their ability to observe and collect data in an organized matter.
Recommended to Amber by: My qualitative methods professor - Jennifer Hubbert
This is the book that taught me how to think like an Anthropologist. It is essential for anyone looking to develop products that fulfill a consumer's need, or anyone looking to write an ethnography about anything.

This book teaches how to collect, organize and annotate anthropological data, as well as what to look for when doing observational analysis.

One of the best things about this book is that it teaches readers how to implement ethics into their research. It shows how to befriend and respe
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Dec 25, 2009 rated it liked it
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Brian
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edjamacation
Research Methods in Anthropology supposes that you already have background knowledge in statistics. Bernard supposes that the reader understands complex methods in statistics, and makes no effort to explain the himself. I found myself having to look up definitions and processes constantly. Maybe it is my fault for not have taken statistics, but as THE book for anthropological data I feel as if it could have been a bit more in depth.
Lauren Warnecke
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly, I read this book cover to cover. It's a textbook on qualitative research, so, yeah, sometimes it gets dry. But overall, Bernard keeps the reader's attention and makes sense out of difficult concepts. ...more
Michael
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anthropologists and students.
Recommended to Michael by: Anthropology professor.
If there's a better no-nonsense volume on methodology out there, I haven't found it. ...more
Paul
Dec 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teh Methodologically-challenged
Shelves: non-fiction
Be brave.
Chris Gager
Nov 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Picked to represent a course I took at CU called "The Qualitative Method in Anthropological Thought" taught by Dave Green, the then Department Chair. Statistics... Date is approximate. ...more
Genevieve Dewey
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is sort of the bible of anthropologists of the last generation. I'm sure others have come and replaced its supremecy, but to many of us, it was well thumbed. ...more
Amanda
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthropology
Skim-read for a class but it's very interesting and I'll be returning to it and reading properly at some point. ...more
Colleen
Textbook for a course in Research Methods. Pretty thorough.
Jennifer
Textbook for methods in anthropological fieldwork course.
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