ANTHRCUL 532 - Politics and Practice of Ethnography
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate students, qualified seniors with permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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"Ethnography" contains two distinct senses: fieldwork and writing. It is as a category of anthropological writing that we will explore current discourses on ethnography, and the place of archival research and fieldwork (and especially field notes) therein. In reading ethnographies published from the turn of the century to the present, we will investigate the articulation of: form and content, figure and ground, and theory and practice, and analyze narrative styles and structure, the relationship between field notes and published texts, and uses of illustrations and photographs, foreign languages, acknowledgments, bibliographies, and various other political (and politicized) ethnographic forms and practices. An author's professional and social position and identity will be included as grist for our analytical mill, and we will situate each ethnography within its historical and academic context. By the same token, each text will serve as a point of departure for an exploration of historically situated ethnographic methods, including archival work and anthropological theories. The formation and revision of anthropological canons, and coevality of theoretical approaches is a part of this exploration.

ANTHRCUL 532 - Politics and Practice of Ethnography
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001 (SEM)
Tu 11:30AM - 2:30PM
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