William R Seaburg
Investigates and evaluates the theoretical and methodological foundations on ethnography. Provides hands-on experiences in ethnographic methods, and development and assessment of ethnographic research proposals. Offered: AWSpS.
This course is about the theory and practice of ethnography, focusing especially on one type of ethnographic investigation—ethnographic collaboration, wherein the traditional ethnographic subject becomes instead an active collaborator in the design and execution of a project. We will start with selective close readings from well-known published ethnographies then shift to the why’s and how’s of collaborative ethnography, which will include such topics as putting the self into ethnography, emotions and fieldwork, and the art of attention. By the end of the course students will have designed a collaborative ethnographic field project centering on a research topic of their particular interest.
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