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Introduction

Michael Burawoy

in The Extended Case Method

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780520259003
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943384 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520259003.003.0001
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This introductory chapter details the author's experiences after arriving at the University of Chicago in 1972. Prior to this he obtained a master's in social anthropology at the University of Zambia. He was not prepared for the boring conventionality of Chicago sociology and the quiescent conservatism of its politics. He became a missionary for the “extended case method”—the Manchester School of ethnography, which was developed in the towns and villages of central and southern Africa and situated field sites in the wider society and its history. Social anthropologists trained in Manchester were dispatched to the colonies to do their fieldwork. The author, meanwhile, was taking the method in the other direction, from Africa to Chicago. He later landed his dream job at Berkeley, arriving there in 1976, fresh out of graduate school.

Keywords: University of Chicago; University of Zambia; sociology; extended case method; Manchester School; ethnography

Chapter.  5107 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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