Institutional Ethnography (limit 50)

Monday, August 14, 10:00am–4:00pm, Location: Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Room: Mont-Royal, Banquets Level
Registration Fee: $75 for employed registrants or $50 for unemployed/activist/student registrants

The Institutional Ethnography Division is hosting an interactive workshop for researchers who use or are interested in institutional ethnography – the method of inquiry developed by Dorothy E. Smith.  The workshop features a keynote presentation by Dorothy E. Smith as well as opportunities for large and small-group discussion and learning. For more information contact: Lauren Eastwood and Naomi Nichols

10:00am-10:15am Welcome
Coffee and Light Snacks

Keynote Address
Dorothy E. Smith

10:15am-11:30am Break
11:30am-1:00pm Working Group
Session 1
1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch
Participants are responsible for their own lunch. 
2:00pm-3:30pm Working Group
Session 2
3:30pm-4:00pm Closing

Qualitative Research Practice (limit 50)

Monday, August 14, 9:00am–4:00pm, Location: Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Room: Verdun, Banquets Level
Registration Fee: $50 for employed registrants or $25 for unemployed/activist/student registrants

This one day workshop will be separated into two sections: Section I will focus on epistemological and methodological foundations of qualitative research; Section II will center on practical issues associated with the most common methods used by qualitative researchers.

Program Schedule

9:00am Welcome

The Epistemological Base of Qualitative Research: Sara L. Crawley

Making explicit the four epistemological bases grounding varieties of sociological work that ground the logic of qualitative methodologies


Varieties of Qualitative Methods: James A. Holstein and Jaber F. Gubrium

Procedural and analytic implications of a variety of qualitative research approaches


Foundations of Grounded Theory: Kathy Charmaz

Changing epistemological foundations of grounded theory, the logic of the method, coding strategies and examples, writing and analytic strategies, theorizing qualitative data

12:15pm Lunch (on your own)

Working with Interview Data:  Amir B. Marvasti 

Representing the qualitative research interview: Recruitment and sampling, questions, place, time, interviewer and interview characteristics, rapport.  Example 1: What not to do: The interview without questions.  Example 2: Best practices: The situated interview


Narrative Methodologies:  Donileen R. Loseke

Types of narratives, types of narrative research, establishing social contexts of stories.  Example 1: Oprah Winfrey and the co-production of stories.  Example 2: The American Dream and social policy justification   


Ethnography:  Margarethe Kusenbach

Strengths and limitations of ethnographic research, theorizing from ethnographic data, creative innovations.  Example 1: The photography of Vivian Meier as visual ethnography.  Example 2: Go-Alongs in urban and community research

Sponsored by the Department of Sociology
University of South Florida

Kathy Charmaz
 is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Sonoma State University.  She has written, co-authored, or co-edited fourteen books including Constructing Grounded Theory (2014) and has written or co-authored over 50 articles and chapters on qualitative inquiry and grounded theory.  She has received major awards from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction and was chosen for the 2017 Leo G. Reeder Career Award for the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

Sara L. Crawley is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida.  Focusing on interdisciplinary feminist and queer theories, especially on topics of the body, Crawley regularly employs qualitative methods including autoethnography.  In addition to publishing Gendering Bodies (coauthored with L.J. Foley and C.L. Shehan) and numerous articles and book chapters, Crawley has offered workshops on feminist and queer theories, and interpretive methods to post-Soviet scholars in Ukraine.  Some of Crawley’s work also has been translated into Russian and Ukrainian. 

Jaber F. Gubrium is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Missouri.  He has a long-standing program of research on the social organization of care in human service institutions and pioneered in the reconceptualization of qualitative methods and the development of narrative analysis.  His publications include numerous books and articles on aging, the life course, medicalization, and representational practice in therapeutic context. 

Collaborating for 30 years, Gubrium and Holstein have authored and edited dozens of books, including Analyzing Narrative Reality, The New Language of Qualitative Method, Varieties of Narrative Analysis, The Active Interview, Handbook of Constructionist Research, Handbook of Interview Research, The Self We Live By, Constructing the Life Course, and What is Family?

James A. Holstein is Professor Emeritus of Sociology in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University.  He has written extensively on various aspects of qualitative inquiry.  His most recent book (with Richard Jones and George Koonce) Is There Life After Football? Surviving the NFL, which was the North American Society for the Sociology of Sports 2016 Book Award winner.

Margarethe Kusenbach is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University is South Florida.   She has published numerous articles and book chapters in the areas of qualitative methods, cities and communities, place and space, identity and emotions, sustainability and disasters.  Her current work investigates issues of home and belonging among people living in mobile homes and lifestyle migrants.  In 2013, she edited a book (with Krista E. Paulsen) titled Home: International Perspectives on Culture, Identity, and Belonging with Peter Lang Publishing.

Donileen R. Loseke is Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida and the 2016-2017 President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.  A recipient of the Mead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, she has been the editor of the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and is currently is on the editorial boards of Social Psychology Quarterly, The Sociological Quarterly and Symbolic Interaction.  Her most recent book is Methodological Thinking, Basic Principles of Social Research Design, 2nd edition (Sage). 

Amir B. Marvasti is Associate Professor of Sociology at Penn State Altoona.  His research focuses on identity management in everyday encounters and institutional settings.  Approaching culture, discourse, and social institutions as interrelated and ongoing practices, he also has an active publication record on the pedagogy of qualitative research.  He is the author of Being Homeless: Textual and Narrative Constructions (Lexington Books 2003), Qualitative Research in Sociology (Sage 2003), Middle Eastern Lives in America (with Karyn McKinney, Rowman and Littlefield 2004), and Doing Qualitative Research: A Comprehensive Guide (with David Silverman, Sage 2008).

For more information contact: Donileen R. Loseke,