SESSION: DISCOURSIVE ETHNOGRAPHY Organizor: Giampietro Gobo1 and Anne Ryen2 Contact: 1Dept. of Social and Political Studies, University of Milan, Via Conservatorio 7 - 20122 Milano, tel. ++39-02-503-18813 (office); fax: ++39-02-503-18840, Giampietro.Gobo@unimi.it 2 Agder College, Norway Keywords: discourse, conversation, ethnography Abstract This session is devoted to those studies which combine ethnographic and discourse analytic methods. Against traditional approaches which promoted on the one hand purely discourse analytic methods, or on the other hand purely observational studies, this session aims to gather studies which investigate everyday life interactions, work practices or linguistic activities, focusing both the relationship between talk and its ethnographic context, and the relationship between observational data and participants’ accounts. These studies believe that ethnography without talk could be misleading, and talk without ethnography is blind. Will be particularly welcome studies based on Fieldwork observations with interviews with participants Fieldwork observations accompanied by transcripts of conversation or discourse The purpose of this session is not to show substantive results only but also the benefits of a such approach, methodological problems faced by these studies, different ways of managing and analysing this kind of data.