“How can one do ethnography today? Clearly, it is almost accepted as a fact that lack of time and increasing ideals of productivism and the pressure for ‘academic capitalism’ moves research designs away from exploratory and long-term fieldwork, toward more tightly defined research frameworks involving less time.
While recognizing that the current ‘social’ economy of research in most institutions concretely prevents researchers from spending long periods of time on the field, social sciences, if they are interested in saying something relevant about people’s lives, should invite scholars (especially the nascent ones) to experience what an ethnography can do…an experience that engages “a corpo-real knowledge that provides a practical comprehension of the world quite different from the act of conscious decoding that is normally designated by the idea of comprehension” (Bourdieu, 1999, p. 135). This is surely what the four contributions of this Unplugged section strongly illustrate, based on current or recently defended doctoral ethnographies conducted at the OCE Research Centre (Emlyon Business School), Montpellier University, and Esade Business School: it is possible to do long and deep ethnographic work; however, that practice engages the researcher morally, corporeally, and cognitively”.
Collective contributions of (in order of appearance): David Courpasson (OCE research center), Eleunthia Wong Ellinger (ESADE), Yousra Rahmouni Elidrissi (OCE research center), Nesrine Bouguerra (OCE research center), Roscoe Conan D’Souza (OCE research center), David Sanson (OCE research center), Claire Le Breton (OCE research center), Clara Roussey (Montpellier university)