Social Justice and Transformation: Theoretical Ethnographic Visions.
In troubling neo-liberal times, when governments’ role in ensuring justice for their citizens is seen as inhibitory to “free market” rhetorics and growth, ethnography gives voice to the disadvantaged, and offers the possibilities of empathic care for others, of understanding, of raising people up through kindness and equity. Why does contemporary ethnography matter? Contemporary ethnography provides a framework for visionaries who hope, encourages sustainable practices, and dreams of individual-organisational structures that empower rather than reduce. In this stream, issues include: Who ‘owns’ ethnography? How do ethics, institutional review boards, and moral and ethical considerations work to create more just societies? What constitutes a ‘just society’?