Ethnographies of the Global Information Economy: Research Strategies and Methods

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Journal Articles


Carol Upadhya


Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 43, Number 17, p.64–72 (2008)



Globalisation and the increasing complexity of the contemporary world have posed serious methodological problems for sociologists and social anthropologists. This paper discusses new approaches, such as ?global? and ?multi-sited? ethnography that aim to capture these transformations. Drawing examples from a sociological study of the Indian information technology industry and its employees, it describes the research strategies and qualitative methods that were employed and some of the problems encountered. The paper also focuses on research strategies for the study of formal organisations, especially in the corporate world, and questions of reflexivity and research ethics.


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