Cultural Studies | Special Topics in Cultural Studies: Methods of Ethnographic Research in Communication and Culture
C701 | 7926 | Goodman

The course explores ethnographic research methods in the study of
communication and culture.  It is designed to connect the study of
performance, public discourse, and media under the rubric of
ethnography.  We address a range of theoretical and methodological
issues involved in constructing ethnographies of performance, text,
public discourse, and media.   The course begins by considering
current questions related to ethnographic research practices,
including ethnographic authority, ethics, intersubjectivity, and time
and space.  Through a series of case studies, we then look at how
communicative practices ranging from live performances to mediated
events have been approached ethnographically.  Throughout the
semester, students work on their own ethnography projects in the
Bloomington area.