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Introduction (Dorothy E. Smith & Susan Marie Turner) Part 1: Institutional Circuits Chapter 1. Policing the Gay Community: An Inquiry into Textually-mediated Social Relations (George W. Smith) Chapter 2. Regulating the Alternative: Certifying Organic Farming on Vancouver Island, British Columbia (Katherine Wagner) Chapter 3. Negotiating UN Policy: Activating Texts in Policy Deliberations (Lauren Eastwood) Part 2: Diverse Textual Technologies Chapter 4. Producing "What the Deans Know": Cost Accounting and the Restructuring of Post-secondary Education (Liza McCoy) Chapter 5. Organizing Creation: The Work of the Musical Text in Concert Performance (Leanne Warren) Chapter 6. "Three in a Bed": Nurses and Technologies of Bed Utilization in a Hospital (Janet M. Rankin and Marie L. Campbell) Part 3: Experiential Ethnography Chapter 7. Doing Child Protection Work (Gerald de Montigny) Part 4: Text-Reader Conversations Chapter 8. Reading Practices in Decision Processes (Susan M. Turner) Chapter 9. Discourse as Social Relations: Sociological Theory and the Dialogic of Sociology (Dorothy E Smith) Part 5: Extended Institutional Ethnography Chapter 10. Standardizing Child Rearing through Housing (Paul C. Luken and Suzanne Vaughan) Afterword (Dorothy E. Smith and Susan Marie Turner) Bibliography Contributors

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"Extending the writings of Smith and others who have outlined the approach, Incorporating Texts into Institutional Ethnographies explicates the key concepts and ideas that researchers have developed over twenty or thirty years of institutional ethnography." -- Marjorie DeVault, Department of Sociology, Syracuse University "This collection will transform how scholars think about, utilize, and analyze texts in ethnographic research and beyond. I can honestly say that I have gained more insight about the 'power' of texts to organize everyday life from this book than from anything else that takes up the institutional ethnographic framework." -- Nancy Naples, Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut "Incorporating Texts in Institutional Ethnographies presents a feast of sound, scholarly material that offers practical examples of the many creative and productive ways in which institutional ethnography may be applied." -- Mary Hamilton, Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University

About the Author

Dorothy E. Smith is a professor emerita at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria. Susan Marie Turner is an associate scholar with the Centre for Women's Studies, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.


'Smith's conceptualization of texts and their powerful role in contemporary society is a vital contribution for all sociologists, not just institutional ethnographers.' -- rla Meadhbh Sociology vol 49:06:2015

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