2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Critical Ethnography: Eyes in a Complex World

Summer 2012 quarter

Rita Pougiales anthropology, education
Fields of Study
American studies, anthropology, community studies, cultural studies, field studies and writing
Preparatory for studies or careers in
anthropology, qualitative research, social work, teaching, community development

Anthropologists are interested in uncovering the complexity and meaning of our modern lives. They do so through ethnographic research, gathering data as both "participants" and "observers" of those they are studying. Doing ethnographic research is simultaneously analytical and deeply embodied. This program includes an examination of and application of ethnographic research methods and methodologies, a study of varied theoretical frameworks used by anthropologists today to interpret and find meaning in data, and an opportunity to conduct an ethnographic project of interest. Students will read and explore a range of ethnographic studies that demonstrate what an anthropologist, what Ruth Behar calls a "vulnerable observer," can uncover about the lives of people today.

Advertised Schedule
9a-4p Mon/Wed (Jun. 25 - Jul. 25) plus 6-8 hours of field research per week in lieu of class
Online Learning
No Required Online Learning
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