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Ethnography Research: Books

Use this guide for your Composition II Ethnography Research Assignment

eBook Databases

Books about Ethnographic Research

Selected Ethnographies from TCC Library

Books on Select Subcultures

Pretty in Punk: Girl's Gender Resistance in a Boy's Subculture

Pretty in Punk combines autobiography, interviews, and sophisticated analysis to create the first insider’s examination of the ways punk girls resist gender roles and create strong identities.

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Furry Nation

Furry fandom is a recent phenomenon, but anthropomorphism is an instinct hard-wired into the human mind: the desire to see animals on an equal footing with people. In Furry Nation, author Joe Strike shares the very human story of the people who created furry fandom, the many forms it takes-from the joyfully public to the deeply personal- and how Furry transformed his own life.

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory : A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America

Randall Balmer takes a journey into the world of conservative Christians in America. Through the eyes of those encountered on the journeys, the book shows a more accurate and balanced understanding of an abiding tradition that, as the text argues, is both rich in theological insights and mired in contradictions.

Sneakers: Fashion, Gender, and Subculture

Based on the author's own ethnographic fieldwork in New York, where sneaker subculture is said to have originated, this unique study traces the transformation of sneakers from sportswear to fashion symbol. Sneakers explores the obsessions and idiosyncrasies surrounding the sneaker phenomenon, from competitive subcultures to sneaker painting and artwork. 


 In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they each struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of twenty-first-century America's most devastating problems. 

Of Dice and Men : The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It

Released in 1974 -- decades before the Internet and social media -- Dungeons & Dragons inspired one of the original nerd subcultures, and is still revered by millions around the world. As he chronicles the game's surprising origins (a history largely unknown even to hardcore players) and examines D & D's impact, Ewalt interweaves subculture analysis with his own gaming experiences to shed light on America's most popular (and widely misunderstood) form of collaborative entertainment.

Goth's Dark Empire

Cultural historian Carol Siegel provides a fascinating look at Goth, a subculture among Western youth. While the fortunes of Goth culture form a portion of this book's story, Siegel is more interested in pursuing Goth as a means of resisting regimes of sexual normalcy, especially in its celebration of sadomasochism.

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