Reading Ethnographic Texts | Humanities & Social Sciences

Reading Ethnographic Texts

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Course Objective

This course covers an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of ethnography. Students will engage with a wide variety of ethnographies from diverse contexts while exploring the debates and tensions that have shaped ethnographic practice. The course will investigate the many dimensions of ethnographic writing as the genre continues to be situated as text, narrative, and often, as a form of storytelling. The course will draw upon classical as well as contemporary ethnographic monographs to bring together the themes of methods, field, fieldwork, location, representation, epistemology and ethics.

Course Content

The course introduces students to the politics of ethnographic writing through themes including Historical perspectives on ethnography as a mode of inquiry; ethnography as text; field and the self; constitution of the site: ethnographic authority; debates on representation; feminist encounters in ethnography.

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