Fall 2016 not offered
This course is an introduction to the craft of ethnographic research and writing. In the first half, we will explore some of the research methodologies anthropologists use to understand, interpret, and analyze culture. You will choose an ethnographic field project for the semester and practice ethnographic methods (participant observation, interviewing, virtual ethnography, auto-ethnography, visual representation, and more). In the second half of the course, you will begin to write your ethnography, practicing writing in a variety of styles and genres (including realist, reflexive, dialogic, engaged, and experimental). Guided, weekly peer workshops throughout the semester will give you a chance to hash out and talk through questions of ethics, positionality, representational politics, and the improvisational felicities and challenges that arise during fieldwork and writing.
This course will give you a solid grasp of ethnographic methods and how anthropologists construct ethnographies. It is the preferred way for anthropology majors to fulfill the methods requirement and will prepare you to undertake ethnographic theses and essays in your senior year.
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Allaine Cerwonka, IMPROVISING THEORY: PROCESS AND TEMPORALITY IN ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELDWORK.
Kirin Narayan, ALIVE IN THE WRITING: CRAFTING ETHNOGRAPHY IN THE COMPANY OF CHEKHOV.
Paul Stoller, SENSUOUS SCHOLARSHIP.
Alisse Waterson and Maria D Vesperi, ANTHROPOLOGY OFF THE SHELF: ANTHROPOLOGIST ON WRITING
D Soyini Madison, CRITICAL ETHNOGRAPHY: METHOD, ETHICS, AND PERFORMANCE
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This is a writing-intensive, workshop-based course. You'll be expected to share your writing and ideas with your classmates, and provide constructive criticism and feedback on others' work throughout the semester. Assignments will consist of bi-weekly ethnographic research and writing projects, and a final ethnography.
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Students must attend the first day of class.
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