Fall 2011

Ethnographic Methods

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-230


Ana M. Araujo (Section 01)


This course will explore ethnographic field methods and techniques as well as the epistemological, political and ethical debates about them. In order to explore various approaches to writing an ethnographic text, students will read excerpts from classic ethnographies and full-length contemporary ethnographies; discuss content, method, and style of each piece; and examine the connections between theory and method. Students will gain an understanding of differing approaches to fieldwork and analysis and discuss the broader ethical and theoretical implications of each approach. Issues to be discussed will include: the politics of representation; power, ethics, and fieldwork; feminist methodology; “insider” critiques of anthropological knowledge; and Participatory Action Research (PAR) approaches, among other topics. Students will gain first-hand ethnographic experience and apply what they learn as they engage in ethnographic fieldwork throughout the course and produce a written ethnographic project.

Requisite: ANTH 112.  Not open to first-year students.  Admission with consent of the instructor.  Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester. Visiting Professor Araujo.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to anthropology majors.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014