Fall 2013

Ethnographic Methods

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-230


Ana M. Araujo (Section 01)


How does one collect, analyze, and write about ethnographic data? What kinds of claims can one make based on this kind of data, and what kinds of claims can one not make? What kinds of research questions are best answered with ethnographic research? What kinds of theoretical contributions can be made with answers to such research questions? Which specific ethnographic research methods are best for answering which research questions?

This course will teach students to answer these questions by providing a survey of various ethnographic research methods (focusing primarily on interviews and participant observation) and walking students through the process of formulating a research question, selecting the kinds of research participants and ethnographic research methods that can answer that research question, collecting ethnographic data to answer that question, analyzing that data, finding the proper fit between theories, data, and practice, writing an academic paper based on that data, and presenting the findings to the class. This course will also explore ethnographic research methods as well as epistemological, political and ethical debates about them. Students will read various kinds of ethnographic writings and discuss content, method, and style of each piece; and examine the connections between theories and methods. Students will gain an understanding of different approaches to ethnographic methods and discuss the broader ethical and theoretical implications of each approach. 

Requisite:  ANTH 112 (or currently enrolled in ANTH 112.)  Not open to first-year students.  Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Arujo.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to anthropology majors.


2021-22: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014