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Writing Anthropology Dissertations:Theoratical Framework

April 2, 2009

I am currently working on writing a thesis proposal and wondering if anyone knows what are the best books, articles, or online posts that discuss and illustrate clearly how to write a theoretical framework because this is the most difficult and important part of the thesis proposal and the thesis itself.

Additionally, Is it possible to write a thesis or a dissertation as an ethnographic piece without the need to write statement of the problem, theoretical framework as the traditional way of writing the thesis? I am quite sure that an ethnography should consider the other external elements or forces of the field of the study.

Feel free to drop your comment and suggestions in the comment’s section…

The below book that I read are the ones which are related to writing theses and Dissertations:

Bolker, Joan. Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis. Owl Books, August 1998.

Booth, Wayne C., Joseph M. Williams, and Gregory G. Colomb. The Craft of Research, 2nd edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing). University Of Chicago Press, April 2003.

Punch, Keith F. Developing Effective Research Proposals. Second edition edition. Sage Publications Ltd, October 2006.

Thomas, Gary. How to do Your Research Project: A Guide for Students in Education and Applied Social Sciences. Sage Publications Ltd, June 2009.

Thomas, Robert M. and Dale L. Brubaker. Theses and Dissertations: A Guide to Planning, Research, and Writing. Second edition edition. Corwin Press, September 2007.

Wysocki, Diane K. Readings in Social Research Methods (Wadsworth Sociology Reader). 3 edition. Wadsworth Publishing, April 2007.

Case Study Research : Design and Methods (Applied Social Research Methods). SAGE Publications, December 2002.

Hart, Christopher. Doing a Literature Review : Releasing the Social Science Research Imagination. SAGE Publications, March 1999.

Golden-Biddle, Karen and Karen Locke. Composing Qualitative Research. Second edition edition.   Sage

Emerson, Robert M., Rachel I. Fretz, and Linda L. Shaw. Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing). University Of Chicago Press, August 1995.

Russell. Research Methods in Anthropology: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. 4rev ed edition. AltaMira Press,U.S., October 2005.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2009 1:00 am

    Cicilie has written a lot about writing: http://www.antropologi.info/blog/cicilie/cicilie.php?cat=468

  2. April 3, 2009 1:44 am

    Thanks Lorenz for the link. Happy to find someone writes about academic writing.

  3. ricardo permalink
    April 10, 2009 1:27 am

    I was looking for anthropology blogs and I just found yours blog. It seems quite promising and interesting. I’ll take a deeper look on it.
    Now, about writing a thesis, I think Bruno Latour’s book “Reassembling the Social” is a great guide that may help you on your quest. A good writen review of theorectical literature may also give you the capacity to discerne the essencial topics on which to work. Good luck.

  4. April 10, 2009 7:30 pm

    Thanks Ricardo for your kind comment. I took a look at the book reviews written about Latour’s book “Reassembling the Social”, and from the reviews, the book looks a very good one; I will get it soon..Thank you for suggesting it 🙂

  5. AngelsTiV permalink
    May 6, 2009 9:12 am

    C-SAP, the Centre for sociology, anthropology and politics has a guide for writing undergraduate dissertations. It is for undergraduates but it is a worthy project http://www.socscidiss.bham.ac.uk/

    • May 7, 2009 8:27 pm

      Thanks Angels. It is a useful one 🙂

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