William R Seaburg
Provides a background for understanding qualitative inquiry. Focuses on ethnographic inquiry and interpretative cultural analysis. Discusses forms of data collection such as observation, participant observation, and interviewing. Also stresses strategies for data analysis and for handling qualitative data.
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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