Anthropology | Ethnography of Communication
L600 | 22348 | Suslak


The object of the ethnography of communication is to document and
analyze communicative practices and to investigate how they fit into
broader social contexts. Such communicative practices run the gamut
from ritual invocations of ancestral spirits to story telling, to idle
gossip. Ethnographers of communication also examine the complexities
of communication between anthropologists and the people that they study.

One of our goals for this course is to learn about and critically
assess various theoretical frameworks for comparing various types of
communicative events, how they are structured and how they operate. A
second goal is to learn the methods for doing this kind of ethnography
and to gain experience in their application through a series of field
work exercises. L500 or equivalent course work is recommended but not
required.