Welcome to another episode of The Words Matter Podcast.
I hope you enjoyed the previous two episodes of the Qualitative Research Series; the first one introducing qualitative research with Perri Tutleman and the last episode on grounded theory with Professors. Jane Mills and Melanie Birks. I found the conversations so enjoyable and look forward to continuing through the series.
So we continue our journey into and across qualitative research, and in today’s episode I’m speaking about Ethnography with sociologist Dr Fiona Webster. Fiona is an Associate Professor at Western University London, Ontario, Canada. Her research interest lies in the sociology of chronic pain and other chronic health conditions, with a particular focus on using critical and institutional ethnographic approaches.
Fiona has published extensively using and ethnography including a powerful ethnographic study of chronic pain management in primary care, titled 'The social organization of physicians' work in the midst of the opioid crisis', published in the journal PLoS One (see here).
She has also written a book titled 'The Social Organization of Best Practice An Institutional Ethnography of Physicians’ Work’ which explores how best practice for acute stroke care was developed, translated and taken up in medical practice across various sites in the province of Ontario (see here).
So in this episode we talk about:
So this was just a wonderful conversation with Fiona. She describes the theory and practice of ethnography perfectly, and her powerful insights into institutional ethnography and the rich data and findings that ethnography generates just made me want to do some ethnography!
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