Definition of genre:
A comprehensive study of a culture, an ethnography informs its reader through narrative immersion, often using sensory detail and storytelling techniques alongside objective description and traditional interview style. Ethnography cuts a middle path between journalistic travel writing and traditional scientific objectivity, blurring the distinction between the two. Oftentimes ethnographers choose to use a first person perspective in their writing to acknowledge their presence as both observer and active participants in the culture they are studying. Ethnographic writing requires your presence on the scene: you can’t write an ethnography from the library or using Internet research (unless, of course, you’re collecting ethnographic data on those particular environments). It is not uncommon for ethnographic writing to tell the story of the research itself, beginning with the arrival of the ethnographer on the scene. Some ethnographies require years of immersion and fieldwork in a culture; others may be based on just a few hours of research. -- Thomas Writing Center, Duke University.
The following article databases are good resources for finding article-length ethnographies and citations to your initial topic or research question. Question most often asked of me: How do you know what you find is an ethnography? Answer: This is where you must look at it. Remember that many ethnographies do not have the word "ethnography" in the book titles and articles titles.
Smith Library Center subscribes to various databases that, when searched, will yield many articles and essays on a wide variety of topics that include inequality, poverty, race and ethnic relations, crime and violence, housing, health, and more. Articles are constantly added to these databases. A keyword search will yield many academic articles and books.
You can find ethnographies in the WorldCat with a Keyword search. However, many ethnographies DO NOT have the word "ethnography" in their titles, and if you ONLY do a keyword search expect to miss sources you otherwise would have found.
Here are some hints: