Anthropology | Field Sem in Cultural Documentation
E600 | 15221 | Stafford

Students in this service-learning course will be introduced to basic
tools of cultural documentation utilized by applied folklorists,
anthropologists and others. They will explore, document, and seek to
understand the cultural expressions of residents of Crestmont on
Bloomington’s west side, with the goal of helping to define social
action projects that improve the quality of life across the lifespan
of residents.

The 2008 class extends the on-going work (from 2004) of the
instructors with residents of Crestmont, Bloomington’s Public Housing
Primary texts for the course will include Luke E. Lassiter’s Chicago
Field Guide to Collaborative Ethnography and The Other Side of Middletown.

The Fall 2008 course will place primary reliance of the collection of
life histories. Students will prepare for, conduct life history
interviews, and log and/or transcribe interviews, in addition to
participation in efforts to interpret and analyze material.
Weekly fieldnotes will be required.
The class will culminate in formal presentations to community groups,
reflection, and recommendations for subsequent action. The class will
require initiative, imagination, careful scheduling, and dedication.

Fulfills COLL Arts & Humanities