Anthropology | The Art and Craft of Ethnography
E485 | 0400 | Royce
Meets 2nd 8 weeks only
Ethnography is the heart of social and cultural anthropology.
Fieldwork is at the heart of ethnography. While anthropology has
experienced many and powerful changes in the last one hundred years,
fieldwork and ethnography remain a constant defining feature. Where
the field is and how ethnography is realized and presented have
undergone shifts and transformations but the basic desire to
understand how individuals and communities meet the challenges that
face all human societies persists and colors the questions we ask and
the ways in which we hear the infinity of answers.
Ethnographers are interpreters. Their ability to do this depends on
mastering both the theory and the craft of anthropology. How they
frame the stories of individuals and groups will depend on their
ability to listen and observe and set those stories within the larger
context of region, nation, or world. Their mode of telling may range
from academic writing to writing for the educated public to film,
video, cd, and other kinds of narrative prose and poetry. What is
important is that they tell those stories as truthfully as possible,
whatever the medium.
This course will meet as a seminar/discussion on Mondays and will view
films, videos and CDS on Wednesdays.
Fadiman, Ann. The Spirit catches you and you fall down.
Geertz, Clifford. Works and Lives.
Levin, Theodore. The Hundred Thousand Fools of God.
Mintz, Jerome. The Anarchists of Casas Viejas.
Shostak, Marjorie. Return to Nisa.
All the above and the following
Desjarlais, Robert. Body and Emotion.
Stoller, Paul. Sensuous Scholarship.
These will include active participation in class discussion,
observation and description (in whatever mode you choose) of an event
or gathering, and a reflective final essay about the field.