ANTHRCUL 532 - Politics and Practice of Ethnography
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate students, qualified seniors with permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

"Ethnography" contains two distinct senses: fieldwork and writing. It is as a category of anthropological writing based on fieldwork that we will explore ethnographic practices past and present. We will investigate

  • the relationship between form and content;
  • narrative style and structure;
  • fieldnotes and published work;
  • images and text; and
  • anthropological ethics, among other topics.

Our critical reading of ethnographic monographs based on fieldwork in a variety of global sites, is informed by issues such as

  • historical and empirical groundedness;
  • depth and variety of research;
  • the place and purpose of theory;
  • range of bibliography;
  • modes and methods of representation;
  • the use (and misuse) of images;
  • the achievement of authority and claims of/to authenticity;
  • agency and power, or the lack thereof;
  • voices and their orchestration;
  • references to sex/gender/sexuality; and
  • the types of reflexivity, among others.

ANTHRCUL 532 - Politics and Practice of Ethnography
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

All books are available in paperback.
ISBN: 0822325985
Reproducing Jews : a cultural account of assisted conception in Israel, Author: Susan Martha Kahn., Publisher: Duke University Press 3. printin 2006
ISBN: 0262561549
Artifacts : an archaeologist's year in Silicon Valley, Author: Christine Finn., Publisher: MIT Press 1st MIT Pr 2002
ISBN: 0812215257
The object of memory : Arab and Jew narrate the Palestinian village, Author: Susan Slyomovics., Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press 1998
ISBN: 0813523796
Fields of play : constructing an academic life, Author: Laurel Richardson., Publisher: Rutgers University Press 1997
ISBN: 0520211510
Takarazuka : sexual politics and popular culture in modern Japan, Author: Jennifer Robertson., Publisher: University of California Press 3rd printi 2001
ISBN: 0801485703
San?ya blues : laboring life in contemporary Tokyo, Author: Edward Fowler., Publisher: Cornell University Press 1998
ISBN: 0691135282
Coming of age in Second Life : an anthropologist explores the virtually human, Author: Tom Boellstorff., Publisher: Princeton University Press 2008
ISBN: 9780812212822
The written suburb : an American site, an ethnographic dilemma, Author: Dorst, John Darwin., Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press 1989
ISBN: 9780375725807
Underground, Author: Murakami, Haruki, 1949-, Publisher: Vintage International 2001
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