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Salvage Ethnography in the Financial SectorThe Path to Economic Crisis in Scotland$
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Jonathan Hearn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087998

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087998.001.0001

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Comparison: doing ethnography and thinking comparatively

Comparison: doing ethnography and thinking comparatively

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Salvage Ethnography in the Financial Sector

Jonathan Hearn

Manchester University Press

This chapter is based on reflections on doing ethnographic research. It argues the centrality of comparisons of the ethnographer’s personal experiences with that of the setting in which they are researching. First it examines more closely a theme raised in earlier chapters, about how HBOS staff sometimes questioned the idea of Scottish/English differences by mobilising other axes of difference based on region, class, gender, and so on. It then looks especially at some of the similarities in institutional change going on in the university sector compared with the HBOS case, and uses this as a basis to speculate about more general trends of change in large organisations and society as a whole, in both commercial and non-commercial sectors.

Keywords:   Comparison, Case study research, Banking sector, University sector, Reorganisation, Professionalism, Competition, Organisational solidarity

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