Watch the videos about the ethnographic process listed above.
Discussion Board Post:
Part 1: In a couple of paragraphs, respond to at least two presentations from “My Ethnographic Project” and/or “Conversations in the Disciplines.” What did you learn about these researchers’ approaches to ethnographic research and writing? What did you find most interesting about their topics and/or about their research process?
Part 2: Either expanding on your writing from Tuesday or choosing a different topic, provide a detailed description of your autoethnographic project. In the first paragraph, describe the nature of the personal experience you will draw on in creating this autoethnography and explain its larger sociological importance. In the next paragraph or two, describe how you will use secondary sources and at least one additional research method (interviews and/or observation of a physical or virtual fieldsite) in developing your project. Provide details such as whom you plan to interview and what insight these interviewees can provide, how you will gain access to these fieldsites and a timeline for how you plan to study them, and/or the types of secondary sources (with possible links) that you will find most useful for studying this topic.
Videos about the Ethnographic Process:
1) “My Ethnographic Project,” prepared by DU Professor Alejandro Ceron and three anthropology students:
Centering on tattooing, music, food, and epidemiology involving people’s relationships to infected animals, these four short videos give excellent background to the ethnographic process and to what it’s like to develop a topic, to do ethnographic fieldwork, and to write about one’s ethnographic work.
2) “Conversations in the Disciplines,” April 2020. This video of our event from this quarter about ethnographic research contains talks by three ethnographers. Kelly Fayard talks about her work studying her own Native American culture. Alison Krogel talks about her ethnographic work on Quechua poetry and culture. Dinko Hanaan Dinko discusses his ethnography centering on water rights in Ghana.
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