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Welcome to the ASIA 3891 - Special Topics : Digital Ethnography of Asia American LibGuide.  
This guide will introduce you to some of resources available at the Vanderbilt. Please let me know if you need help at any point in your research process. 

Ethnography - What is it?

"The word 'ethnography' has a double meaning in anthropology: ethnography as product (ethno- graphic writings - the articles and books written by anthropologists), and ethnography as process (participant observation or fieldwork") -- "Ethnography" / Roger Sanjek. Routledge Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology. (2nd ed. Routledge, 2010): 243-249.


International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed. Elsevier, 2015) distinguishes between 'ethnography' ("the investigation and description of cultures and societies through fieldwork") and 'ethnology' ("cross-culturally comparative analyses").


The Library of Congress uses the subject heading "Ethnology" to describe "works on the discipline of ethnology, and works on the origin, distribution, and characteristics of the elements of the population of a particular region or country". "Ethnography" is not a Library of Congress subject heading.

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