A researcher who has been trained in ethnographic field methods and theoretical perspectives, then, carries out ethnographic research. Before going to the actual place of study, those engaging in ethnographic studies conduct library and other archival research to learn some of what is already known about the place and people they are interested in so as not to enter the “field” unprepared. The researcher then spends time with the group of people under study to get a sense of how they live, their beliefs and rituals, and their interactions with each other and those around them. Traditional ethnographic research usually requires at least a year in the field to get a clear understanding of the group; however, rapid ethnographic assessments, like many of the ethnographic studies carried out by the National Park Service, are also conducted.
Among other quality research conferences, potential JEQR authors are encouraged to first present their papers at the Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference. EQRC began at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), moving to Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. Subsequent sponsors included Duquesne University (Pittsburgh), State University of New York (Albany), and Cedarville University (Greater Dayton area, Ohio). EQRC possesses a long and rich tradition as a forum for dissemination of scholarly ideas in the qualitative research tradition. The conference is held in early February, with the call for papers issued in fall semester. Visit for details.
Balaji Parthasarathy is a co-Principal Investigator of the Infomediary in-depth study along with Ricardo Ramirez and Andy Gordon. He is also ICICI Associate Professor at the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore. His teaching and research interests focus on the relationship between technological innovation, economic globalization, and social change. Within this broad focus, his work follows two threads. One thread examines the impacts of public policies and firm strategies on the organization of production in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry. Another thread deals with ICTs for development (ICTD). His research includes studies of e-governance projects in India, studies of ICT deployment to enhance agricultural productivity, and analyses of the institutional aspects of the globalization of electronic waste.