Anthropology | RES METH IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
E606 | 0377 | Bahloul


In the history of anthropology, the move from "the armchair to the field"
marked a major development in the discipline, one that eventually provided
it with legitimacy as an empirical scientific discipline. Thus,
ethnography became the indispensable step into constructing
anthropological inductive analysis. Students will experience this
essential scholarly move in 3 steps:

1. the construction of a research project or "how to identify and
circumscribe the object of an anthropological research initiative?"
2. the identification of the object in a specific field site:
techniques of sampling, observation and recording will be examined
(participant/direct observation, qualitative interviews, archival data
collection, visual and audio recording, collection of artifacts etc..)
3. the analysis of collected data and the process of writing
ethnography.

Discussions will include the examination of various types of field sites:
small-scale, larger scales, multi-sited fields, or even virtual fields.
As ethnography has expanded in its techniques and scope of observation, it
has also reached out to neighboring disciplines of social sciences, the
humanities, and medical sciences. This course will thus be of interest to
graduate students in departments other than anthropology, and whose
research necessitates familiarity with fieldwork operations.

Requirements:
1. ethnographic exercise submitted in 4 written reports (50%)
2. 2 reading reviews (30%)
3. 2 class presentations (20%)

Readings
Bernard R., (ed.), Handbook of Methods in Cultural Anthropology, Altamira,
1998
Callaway H. and Okely J. (eds.), Anthropology and Autobiography,
Routledge, 1992
Kemper R.V. and Royce A.P. (eds.), Chronicling Cultures, Altamira, 2002
Spradley J.P., The Ethnographic Interview, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979
Wolcott H.F., The Art of Fieldwork, Altamira, 1995