Faculty

Robert Emerson


Research Professor Emeritus


Contact Information

Email    remerson@soc.ucla.edu
Office  106C Haines Hall
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Many actions which we come to understand as deviant in one way or another -- crazy, criminal, obnoxious, defective -- are profitably analyzed as various forms of personal, interactional or social troubles.

My research examines the processes whereby such troubles arise and take on specific forms in being remedied or reacted to. Using qualitative field methods, I study both the indigenous dynamics of troubles, as in domestic violence situations, stalking and neighbor disputes, and formal, institutional responses to troubles, particularly by the criminal justice and mental health systems.

Degrees

Ph. D., Brandeis University

Selected Publications

Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes. (with Rachel I. Fretz and Linda L. Shaw) Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1995.

"On Being Stalked" (with Kerry Ferris and Carol Gardner), Social Problems, v. 45, n. 3, 1998

"Participant Observation and Fieldnotes" (with Rachel I. Fretz and Linda L. Shaw). Pp. 352-68 in Atkinson, Coffey, Delalmont, Lyn Lofland, and John Lofland (eds.), Handbook of Ethnography. London: Sage Publications, 2001.

"Ethnomethodology and Ethnography" (with Melvin Pollner). Pp. 118-35 in Atkinson, Coffey, Delalmont, Lyn Lofland, and John Lofland (eds.), Handbook of Ethnography. London: Sage Publications, 2001.

Contemporary Field Research: Perspectives and Formulations. Second edition. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press, 2001.

"Naturalistic Perspectives in Analyzing Field Data: Working with 'Key Incidents.'" To appear in Clive Seale, David Silverman, Jay Gubrium and Giampetro Gobo, eds., Inside Qualitative Research: Craft, Practice, Content. Sage Publications, 2003.