Contextualizing impressions of neighborhood change: Linking business directories to ethnography
City and Community
This article suggests a research tool, the temporal map, for ethnographers to employ in supplementing the accounts of urban change provided by local informants. Such a map, created using city business directories, can provide an external validity check to ethnographic research. The authors' tool allows urban ethnographers to extend contemporary ethnographic accounts backward to a period prior to the beginning of fieldwork. It provides a geooral contextualization by fitting fragmented, geographically and historically specific ethnographic accounts into a broader area and across a broader period of time. The authors show how two ethnographic case studies were enhanced by such temporal maps. Their cases involve a redeveloped central business district in North Carolina and a gentrified neighborhood in New York City. © 2008 American Sociological Association.
Joe Schlichtman, J., & Patch, J. (2008). Contextualizing impressions of neighborhood change: Linking business directories to ethnography. City and Community, 7 (3), 273-293. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6040.2008.00261.x