Faculty of Arts & Humanities DEPARTMENT OF Anthropology and Sociology School of Oriental & African Studies MA Course Cover Sheet Academic

Year: 2013-14 Term: Course Title: Course Code: Course Unit Value: Contact Hours (per week): Course Teachers: Autumn Term Ethnographic Research Methods (T1) 15PANH002 0.5 1 hour lecture; 1.5 hour tutorial Lecturers: Dr Edward Simpson Tutorials: Dr Edward Simpson

Prerequisites: None Timetable: See www.soas.ac.uk/timetable for the lecture room. Tutorials will be assigned and lists posted on the notice board in the Faculty office. You should note that the timetable is subject to change and you are strongly advised to check the latest version on the web. Teaching methods and modes of learning: There will be a lecture and a compulsory 1.5 hour tutorial. You are expected to participate in tutorials by reading essential texts and preparing any other agreed assignments. Assessment: Assessment Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Weighting (%) 0.5 0.5 Due Date (by 11:59pm) 8th of January 2014 8th of January 2014 Length (words) 2500 2500

Coursework submission procedures: All assignments for this course must be submitted online via the BLE. Full guidelines can be found at: http://www.soas.ac.uk/artshumanities/information-for-students/ocs/ A brief summary of these instructions can also be found at the end of this course outline. Essays must be submitted online by 11:59pm (23:59) on the due date. Late submission of essays will be penalised by the loss of TWO percentage marks per working day. Please be


ac.soas. you should also note that you must undertake all elements of assessment and examination for your course (see regulation 6.3) and that there are strict penalties for coursework that is over length (regulation 7. You should notify your tutor or the Faculty Office in advance if you are unable to attend a tutorial for good reason. your tutor will inform the Faculty Office and a letter will be sent to you with copies to the department’s programme convenor and to the Registry. Lecture Programme 2013-14: Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Malinowski and post-Malinowski Fieldwork and participant observation Personal anthropology and writing culture Ethics and representation Applied anthropology READING WEEK Introduction to the SOAS MA dissertation Anthropological method and theory Anthropological method and pictures Anthropological method and biography How to write a research proposal General reference texts on research methods and ethnographic knowledge 2 . and they can be viewed via the same BLE page you submitted your essay from. Coursework feedback and marks will be available online no later than one calendar month after submission. and attendance is required for at least 50% of tutorials.aware that University of London regulations on plagiarism apply to all work submitted as part of the requirement for any examination.3 in the postgraduate handbook for further details). All absences are noted on your records. contact the course tutor or the programme convenor. You should check the most up to date web version of the handbook which can be found at: http://www. For students entering the school in and after September 2010.uk/welcome/postgraduate/enrolment/pgthandbook/ Attendance Requirements: You should attend all lectures and tutorials for the course. and if absences persist you may be prevented from taking the written examination for the course. If you have not received coursework back in a reasonable time. Your tutor will email you when essays are ready. Should two absences occur without explanation within any four week period. attendance registers will be maintained for these.6). Please note that you must provide an accurate word count for all coursework submitted for assessment (regulation 7.

Ferguson. Skinner.ac. or who wish to write an essay on it. E. James and Akil Gupta (eds) Anthropological locations: Boundaries and grounds of a field science. H. Further readings are suggested which expand the essential readings and are useful for students who are either particularly interested in some topic and want to read more extensively. 2011 (5th edition) Research methods in anthropology.) 1990. 2009. 3 . Ithaca: Cornell University Press. a set of readings is highlighted as essential. Localizing strategies: Regional traditions of ethnographic writing. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press. The interview: An ethnographic approach. Ethnographic research: A guide to general conduct. Web-based materials Sage Publishers run a very comprehensive website dedicated to research methods. Fardon. James D. Fieldwork is not what it used to be: Learning anthropology’s method in a time of transition. 1984. All readings are to be undertaken with research design in mind. Faubion. Richard (ed. Most topics have readings drawn from formal methods handbooks as well as more discursive sources.Bernard. John and Abdellah Hammoudi (eds) 2009. * Borneman. try to read some of both.R.F. J. Ellen. Note: readings marked with an asterisk (*) are key readings FOR ALL. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press. London: Anthem Press. Berkeley: University of California Press.esrc. and George E. You are not expected to read all of them. 2012. Being there: The fieldwork encounter and the making of truth. Alta Mira: London. Marcus (eds). London: Berg. Each week. essay writing and other assignments. Further information on social science research in the United Kingdom can be found on the Economic and Social Research Council’s website:http://www. these will form the basis of weekly class discussions.uk/ Reading list The following readings are to be used as a resource for future research needs. Berkeley: University of California Press.

at least if presented appropriately. talking to them. governments and aid organisations. fieldwork and participant observation. personal anthropology and writing culture debates. it is an important life skill. A solid appreciation of anthropological methodology will allow students to: • • undertake high-quality research within or outside the university. methodology and theory. some simply because they have to. biographic and life history methods and writing research proposals. Students on this course are asked to read ethnography with a critical mind.Preamble Students take this course for many reasons. listening. applied anthropology and advocacy. anthropological methods have also become extremely popular outside universities. Developing a critical appreciation of anthropological or ethnographic methods is however not simply an academic exercise. research questions and the process of research itself? What role does comparison play in anthropology? While reading ethnography ask questions of the way facts are presented: What is explained and how? How are arguments developed? What is excluded? How could the anthropologist have known this or that? The course covers the following: history of anthropological methods. What are the relationships between the anthropology we read. Recently. It involves being with other people. ethics. and method is turned into ethnography. and will also lend to a greater appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of anthropological methods. Please subject all the ethnography you read to an epistemological health check. Anthropology is not however easy. understanding and grasping their point of view. especially with market research consultancies. While these types of interaction appear commonplace. primarily to see how research is turned into to writing. visual research techniques. A grasp of anthropological methods is also then a marketable personal commodity. think through research design mindful of both the questions to be asked and the welfare and interests of the researched. Aside from appreciating and understanding methods. 4 . as if you were learning a life skill. I would like you to think about the discussions of methodology that take place as part of this course as such. thinking and learning. the overarching aim of this course is to encourage students to think creatively and innovatively about the design and deployment of methodology. an appreciation of anthropological methods takes us to the heart of the question of what it means to know things as well as one another. Above all however. Anthropology requires certain kinds of doing. the more you practice and consider them. others because they want to learn how to think about and do anthropological research. the better you will become at them. This is good reading and thinking practice.

are key to understanding a sound grasp of the implications of method in anthropology. its presuppositions and foundations.pdf * Simpson. vol. and theories of epistemology. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.) R. Argonauts of the western Pacific. in P. Also in The insider/outsider problem in the study of religion. Anthropology is based on learning and knowing. Week 1: Malinowski and post-Malinowski Anthropological research methods set the discipline apart from others. This course critically scrutinises the different stages of the research process in anthropology.us.• communicate both methods and findings effectively to a wide range of audiences. Clifford and G. M. 151-171. Reading Asad.M. Rabinow and W. Through a discussion of the writing and research practices of Malinowski I will also introduce you to some of my own research. But what exactly is fieldwork. The philosophy of social science. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul (Chapter 1. pp. 1986. ‘From the native’s point of view: On the nature of anthropological understanding’. London & New York: Cassell. 1994. and its extent and validity. Sullivan (eds) Interpretive social science. Week 2: What is fieldwork? Anthropologists do it ‘in the field’. method and scope’). C. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Marcus (eds) Writing culture: The poetics and politics of ethnography. T. Epistemology is an important word. 1922. McCutcheon 1999. Berkeley: University of California Press. 225-241. ‘The concept of cultural translation in British social anthropology’ in J. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.T. We will also touch on the history of methods and their epistemological consequences for shaping the discipline. Hollis. B. identify the difference between positivist and interpretive theories of knowledge. 12. E. 1979. we use it to mean the nature of knowledge. * Malinowski. We will discuss questions of objectivity and interpretation. What does it entail? How what ways has its meaning 5 .org/25/items/argonautsofthewe032976mbp/argonautsofthewe032976 mbp. 2006. Long-term participant observation generates fieldnotes and ethnography.E.archive. both common-sense and philosophical. ‘Apprenticeship in western India’. http://ia600301. ‘Subject. A reader (ed. Geertz. where is ‘the field’ and how does the term relate to what anthropologists do? Participant observation has been taken as the defining feature of social anthropology.

Ferguson (eds) Anthropological locations: Boundaries and grounds of a field science. A. Ferguson. vol. Castaneda. New York: Columbia University Press. Q. Dresch and Allen). in Gupta. Cases of participant observation. Arab women in the field: Studying your own society. no. Anthropologists in a wider world: Essays on field research. L. Caplan and W. C.E. T. James & D. Critically read one * article as an example of ethnographic fieldwork Reading Altorki. in his Hindus of the Himalayas. 2008. & J. and an anthropologist in Aleppo. * Borneman. We will also focus on objectivity and subjectivity. Handwerker. London: Routledge. P. no. G. S. men and ethnography. Sullivan (eds) Interpretive Social Science: A reader. 2006. and what is the relationship between fieldwork and writing in anthropology. W. fathers. Dresch. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Oxford & New York: Berghahn Books (chapters by Parkin.P. * Boellstorff. We will ask how theory the identity and social position of the researcher and research data are interconnected. & J. [Also in Geertz’s The interpretation of cultures. 1973]. Princeton: Princeton University Press (see on googlebooks). Basic Books. Gendered fields: Women. NY: Syracuse University Press. 2007. gender and the researcher. Syracuse. J. Reviews in Anthropology. ‘actor-oriented approaches’. 2004. and the notion of fieldwork as experience and process as it is reflected in writing. Bell. Mulcock. in P. D. W. 6 . 1979. P. in the past and today. 1. ‘Deep Play: notes on the Balinese cock-fight’. California UP... Berkeley: University of California Press (2nd edition).F. Berkeley: University of California Press. 79. El-Solh (eds) 1998. Parkin (eds) 2000. vol. Anthropological Quarterly. Berreman. 1. * Gupta. 75-104. ‘Behind many masks’. Geertz. 35. ‘The evolution of ethnographic research methods: Curiosities and contradictions in the qualitative research literature’. Rabinow and W. Anthropologists in the field. method and location in anthropology’. Coming of age in second life: An anthropologist explores the virtually human. Jahan Karim (eds) 1993. Syrian episodes: Sons. ‘The invisible theatre of ethnography: Performative principles of fieldwork’. 1962. and J. ‘“The field” as site.M. and C. A.changed since Malinowski’s day? In what way do fieldworkers ‘participate’ when carrying out their research? The term ‘ethnography’ is used both to refer to a method of research and to the written product of research. 105-118. 2006. Hume. 1997.

the constitution of anthropological authority. no. no. pp. 24. 36. Perez. First we will discuss fieldnotes. 433456.) vol. vol. Paths towards a clearing. The end(s) of ethnography. 208-222. 95-117. 219-249. pp. Week 3: ‘Personal anthropology’ and ‘writing culture’ In this session we will examine the role of writing. 1989. Annual Review of Anthropology. Marcus. no. 29. American Anthropologist. no. Portuguese Studies. * Simpson. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. vol. 83-106. M.' Contributions to Indian Sociology. This will return us to themes introduced in the first week: rhetorical styles. Berkeley. Clough. ‘Body and culture: Fieldwork experiences in India’. and questions of representation. Current Anthropology. ‘On ethnography: Storytelling or science?’. vol. G. vol. L. 1. Rabinow. and the inculcation of the anthropologist: Reflections on learning to sew in the field’. New York: Counterpoints. 1995. Edward (2005) 'The 'Gujarat' earthquake and the political economy of nostalgia. 2002. vol. Current Anthropology. J. ‘Fieldwork and the perception of everyday life’. ‘Collaborative ethnography and public anthropology’. 30-45. From realism to social criticism. Reading Aunger. 39 (2). * Kovats-Bernat. Lassiter.Jackson. 1998. 2005. 1977. CA: University of California Press. 1994. R. R. reflection and biography in the production of ethnographic knowledge. ‘Negotiating dangerous fields: Pragmatic strategies for fieldwork amid violence and terror’. 97-130.E. vol. 2009. 1. and then the writing of ethnography. ‘Knowledge. T. Man (N. 1. 1995. 7 . Reflections of fieldwork in Morocco. 2008. Rosa Maria.T. 25. (Introduction and Chapter 7: ‘The man who could turn into an elephant’) * Jenkins. 104. 1. ‘Ethnography in/of the World System: The emergence of multi-sited ethnography’. C. 29. no. P. Prentice.S. skill. 3. Anthropology of Work Review. 46. P.

203-216 (BLE). After writing culture. 8 . Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement. * Marcus. Oxford. Chicago: Chicago University Press. London: Routledge. texts and morality: Marett memorial lecture. G. al. Cushman. R. A. London: Athlone.) 1990. vol. Writing culture: The poetics and politics of ethnography. 1994. Don and Margaret Wilson (eds) 1995. Localizing strategies. J. & M. 1982. D. Ahmed. 1989. & J. 40. 1. (eds) 1995. ‘The idea of a personal anthropology’. A reprinted version of a paper presented to the Decennial Conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists. 1986. 24. We examine the history of ethnical controversy in the discipline. D. 11. Scottish Academic Press & Smithsonian Institution (‘Introduction’ plus an appropriate regional chapter). Shore. International Journal of Moral and Social Studies. July 4th-11th. 1988’.Fardon. vol. London: Routledge (Chapter 1). G. Berkeley: University of California (Introduction: Partial Truths). 155-59. the nature of current guidelines and some new dilemmas Reading Adams. 25-69. identity and erotic subjectivity in anthropological fieldwork. Human Organization. 3 (3). Clifford (eds) 1986. 11-42. Epistemology and praxis in contemporary Anthropology. & C. Annual Review of Anthropology. Marcus. at Oxford. 1988. A. 1981. Anthropology as cultural critique. Pocock. Fischer. (ed. no. James. Ethics and representation In this session we look at the ethical issues in anthropological research from fieldwork to writing and publishing. Marcus. vol. ‘Ethical principles in anthropological research: One or many?’. 1973 (BLE). ‘Ethnographies as texts’. & D. Taboo: Sex. G. Regional traditions of ethnographic writing. Spencer. Man. 8 (1). et. R. The future of anthropology. * Pocock. ‘Anthropology as a kind of writing’. (eds) 1997. ‘Persons. Kulick. 145-64 Week 4.

The ethics of inquiry in the social sciences. S.) The ethics of anthropology: Debates and dilemmas. Devereux and J. 1984. 124-137. Anthropology Today. vol. Delhi: Oxford University Press. Scheper-Hughes. 1995. 1993. et al. P. in R. vol. 9 . 17. Anthropolgy Today. vol. Academic Press (Chapter 6). 15. 1977. 935-956. Corsin Jiménez. Ramphele. ‘Ethical principles for conducting fieldwork’. ‘Towards interactive professional ethics’. ‘Anthropology and public culture: The Yanomami. American Anthropologist. 2005. vol. N. ‘Anti-social anthropology? Objectivity. Mills. 227-43 (see the response of M. pp. Harper. 21. A. ‘How ethical are the ethics of this militant anthropologist?’ Social Dynamics. Caplan (ed. vol. ‘Ethics in relation to informants.) Ethnographic Research. 2002. 2001.vol. 12. in P.’ Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N. I. pp. 1980. D. Current Anthropology.Association of Social Anthropologists ‘Ethical guidelines for good research practice’ http://www. 82. vol.com/onlinejournal/RachelBurr.S. no. complicity and representation: Conducting research in Nepal during Maoist insurgency. Hoddinott (eds) Fieldwork in developing countries. Anthropology Today. ‘Sensitive information: Collecting data on livestock and informal credit’. R. ‘Shaming of the anthropologist: Ethical dilemmas during and in the aftermath of the fieldwork process’. 2006. ‘Like a horse in blinkers?: A political history of anthropology’s research ethnics’. * Mosse. Ellen (ed. G.theasa. 10-12. 40.uk/ follow links to ethnics Akeroyd. 2004. Q. science and ethics’. Current Anthropology. ‘Ethnography in the forest: An analysis of the ethics in the morals of anthropology’. 1999. the profession and government’.org. 6. 10-14. in S. Cultural Anthropology. Pels. 21. 1).anthropologymatters. 2006. Barnes. Relationships. Burr.). Pettigrew. 20-25. vol. no. 20. no. ‘Professions of duplexity: A prehistory of ethical codes in anthropology’. 28-41. http://www. 121-145. and A. ‘The primacy of the ethical: Propositions for a militant anthropologist’. Christensen. vol. 22. J. 4. 2. objection and the ethnography of public policy and professional communities. Castaneda.html Cassell. J. 2003. J. London: Routledge. D. Nugent. no. 1996. Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf.

2000. pp. Hoddinott (eds) Fieldwork in Developing Countries. 2011. Hayder. 1993. Warwick. no. NY: W.com Week 5: Applied Anthropology What relations can anthropologists have with the people and subjects they research? Should anthropologists get involved? What might the consequences be? Reading: the article in Current Anthropology. vol. Norton. Week 8: Anthropological method and theory In this session we look at the use of social theory in fieldwork. ‘The politics and ethics of field research’.anthropologymatters. 42. 2. Al-Mohammad. P. in Bulmer and Warwick (eds). K. Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf. Seminar groups will run as normal on a topic chosen by the group. October 2010. 51. ‘Thinking about the ethics of fieldwork’. in S. Devereux & J. which most appeals to your research interests. pp. We take the work of Pierre Bourdieu as an example to examine the role of individual biography in the ways anthropologists can see and understand the world. 179-199. D. Please also see numerous articles on ethics and research published in the journal Anthropology Matters http://www. 315-330.Tierney. (see the debate this book generated in `CA Forum: Anthropology in Public Perspectives on Tierney’s Darkness in Eldorado’. M. and discussion on the AAA website]. Wilson. Social research in developing countries. Darkness in Eldorado. 1983. 31:121-138. In particular we will look at his concept of ‘habitus’ and his less well known French ethnography. How scientists and journalists devastated the Amazon. WEEK 6: READING WEEK Week 7: Introduction to the SOAS MA Dissertation with Jakob Klein In this week’s session we will discuss the regulations and expectations relating to a Master’s level dissertation at SOAS. 10 . metaphysics and ‘certainty’' Critique of Anthropology. Vol. Current Anthropology. S2. If you are an MA student writing a dissertation in the anthropology department it is vital that you attend this session.Phil students need not attend. pp. 'Less methodology more epistemology please: The body. 265-76. No.

Lois. 1: pp. P. 23(6): 45-72. 95-117. American Anthropologist. 1999. Culture and Society. Epistemology and praxis in contemporary Anthropology. Sociological Theory. vol. Oxford: Polity. * Jenkins. 5: pp. Derek 2009. Anthony. Pierre and Loic Waquant. P. An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology. 1992. 5: 77-98. Sketch for an Auto-analysis. Outline of a theory of practice. Goodman. 2003. Culture & Society. Jane E. Oxford: Polity. 141-150. Theory. * Bourdieu. 2008. 2000. 24. Week 9. 18(3): 417-433. Robbins. After writing culture. Thinking with Bourdieu: A ‘practical critique of habitus’. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. What are the connections/divergences between the two? 11 . 1977. (eds) 1997. ‘Bourdieu’s Béarnais ethnography’. 2008. The Bachelors’ Ball: The Crisis of Peasant Society in Béarn. London: Routledge (Chapter 1). 105(4): 782-793. King. Bourdieu. Culture & Society. A. ‘Sociology as Reflexive Science: On Bourdieu's Project’. Timothy. 2006. Theory. 16. vol. McNay. 26. al. Robbins. Bourdieu. ‘Gender. et. Theory. Anthropological method and pictures * An article closest representing your own research interests from either Visual Anthropology Review or Visual Anthropology * Browse: Alexander Street Anthropology (SOAS has a subscription for this database) and watch a film with subject/theoretical affinity with the article you have read. P. Habitus and the Field: Pierre Bourdieu and the Limits of Reflexivity’. vol. James. Derek 2007. ‘The proverbial Bourdieu: Habitus and the politics of representation in the ethnography of Kabylia’. Culture & Society. Oxford: Polity. Theory. ‘After the Ball Is Over: Bourdieu and the Crisis of Peasant Society’.Bourdieu.

Marcus and Howard Morphy. 2: 355-375. 2002. Think about how we present ourselves. anthropology and history: Expanding the frame. and the Appearance of the past’. Loizos. Vol. Innovation in ethnographic film. Christian and Rane Willerslev. Henry. 78. 2004. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Jackson. ‘West-African Warscapes: Storytelling Events. Edwards. 3: 282-301. Christopher and Elizabeth Edwards (eds) 2009. Lewis. Gay. 53. University of New Mexico Press. Peter. Elizabeth. Morton. ‘Nakomaha: A Counter-Colonial Life and Its Contexts. 2007. Biography is linked to concepts of self. 45. Oxford: Berg. 1997. 2005. Modern Asian Studies. Delcore. Anthropological Quarterly. 4: 383-410. Anthropological Approaches to Biography’. Farnham: Ashgate. John. American Anthropologist. Michael. 77. Rethinking visual anthropology. while juxtaposing the life history of a friend against the ideas contained in one of the following readings. ‘Metaphors in disrupted lives: Infertility and cultural constructions of continuity’. 8. Jeremy. 2011 ‘Exchanges of professionals between the public and non-governmental sectors: Life-work histories from Bangladesh’. No. Week 10: Anthropological method and biography This week we will look at the techniques of biography and life history method in anthropology. Ethnology. Raw histories: Photographs. 1994. 1: 33-50. Jennifer. 43. ‘On the Limits of Life Stages in Ethnography: Toward a Theory of Vital Conjunctures’. Oceania. MacClancy. personhood and proper and improper being in society. 2012. anthropology and museums. 2011. Johnson-Hanks. The lives of other people are intrinsically interesting. Photography. so to too are the ways in which people present themselves as continuous or discontinuous beings.Banks. 2: 191-214. Suhr. 1993. 12 . Becker. 104. ‘Can Film Show the Invisible? The Work of Montage in Ethnographic Filmmaking’. Violence. 3: 865-880. 1986. ‘Development and the life story of a Thai farmer leader’. Visual anthropology: Photography as a research method. Yale: Yale University Press. David. 3: 735-757. Collier. Current Anthropology. Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

Simpson. 4.’ In Magnus Marsden and Konstantinos Retsikas (eds) Articulating Islam: Anthropological approaches to Muslim worlds. On Self Presentation and Life Description in an Indonesian Society’.Röttger-Rössler. 88. 1993. ‘Autobiography in Question. Birgitt. Edward. Anthropos. 13 . 2013./6. Dordecht: Springer.: 365-373. pp. 55-76. ‘Death and the spirit of patriarchy in western India.

‘Insider accounts: Listening and asking questions’. T. and G. McCracken. 1989. New Delhi: Sage. 387-400. Pottier. ‘Data collection’. 2001. Social research. Social Impact Assessment Series. M. Finsterbusch. A. and D. 1971. ‘Interviewing and field organization’. in M. M. ‘Surveys: Avoiding the common problems’. al. Mitchell. Bulmer and D. J.A. and P. G. Open University (Chapter 6). Warwick (eds) social research in developing countries. 1990. Westview Press. 14 . D.interviewing’. ‘Interviewing: The art of Science’. 1983. J. Frey. in P. Kalton. Africa. London: Heinemann (Chapter 12). London: Tavistock. C. Ingersoll and L.P.Appendix: Surveys and interviews A central part of anthropological research of all kinds is interviewing.P. 461-477. S.P. vol. Beverley Hills: Sage. the readings below relate to the interviews as a method. 54. in M. Atkinson. S. Warwick. RRA Notes. no. 5-9). B. Kvale. pp. followed by a section on surveys. Slim. Lincoln (eds) Collecting and interpreting qualitative materials. Hammersley. Journal of Anthropological Research. ‘"Three is a crowd": Knowledge. Tedlock. Moser. ‘Methods of collecting the information III . vol. Surveys Bulmer. 1993. The long interview. Interviews: An introduction to qualitative research interviewing. in their Survey methods in social investigation. 1996. M. Llewellyn (eds) Methods in social analysis in developing countries. & J. Heyl. ‘Ethnographic interviewing’. London: John Wiley & Sons (Chapter 11).105-126. 35. vol. May. 1983. in K. Atkinson et. ‘Questions concerning dialogical anthropology’. Fontana. 10. Warwick (eds) Social research in developing countries. in their Ethnography: Principles in practice. in N. 1988. pp. 4. 205-217. 1983. ignorance and power in the context of urban agriculture in Rwanda’. New Delhi: Sage (chapters 1-2. & H. Denzin & Y. Interviews Bulmer. (eds) The handbook of ethnography. J. Bulmer and D. Buzzard. London: Wiley & Sons. 1987. 1991 ‘The bias of interviewing’. Sage (Chapter 25). S. 1998. 4. no.

15 .) Conversations between economists and anthropologists. G. L. Moser. in P. 1971. in D. Bulmer and D. in S.L. D. 1993. Allen. P. pp. Poverty in transition: An ethnographic critique of household surveys in post-soviet Central Asia. Devereux and J. Olsen. 1989. 3. Rudra.Kandiyoti. C. vol. no. Pelto. 1983.. vol. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. E. 1-8. Guarnaccia.6. 30. in their survey methods in social investigation. Jongmans and P. ‘Questionnaires’. Kalton. Culture and Agriculture. Chavez (1988) ‘Measuring socio-economic status: Assessing intra-community diversity’. Wuelker. Social survey methods: A fieldguide for development workers. Bardhan (ed. Gutkind (eds) Anthropologists in the field. A. Development Guidelines No. Assen: Van Gorcum. 1991. Leach.A. ‘Random sampling and repeat surveys in south India’. 1999. Warwick (eds) Social research in developing countries.J. London: John Wiley and Sons (Chapter 12). 499-524. Meneses and A. and G. 35. W. ‘Questionnaires in Asia’.P. Development and Change. P. Nichols. 270-302 (Chapter 13).J. 1967. 57-72. Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf. Hoddinott (eds) Fieldwork in developing countries. P. L. Pelto. G. in M. ‘Field survey methods’. ‘An anthropologist’s reflection on a social survey’. Oxford: Oxfam. pp. London: Heinemann.

Write a research proposal that sets out a key research question. 16 .59pm of the first Monday of the spring term 2014.ANTHROPOLOGICAL/ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH METHODS 20013-14 COURSE ASSESSMENT There are TWO assignments to be completed for this course. secondary data analysis to explore a defined research topic. the research role(s) you adopted. discuss the researchers perspective and how this seems to be reflected in her/his interpretation/analysis.500 words) 1. Both assignments together should amount to 5. 1. Attach an outline and timeframe rough budget [if in doubt talk to me first]. rhetorical or authorial style adopted by the ethnographer. Mini-ethnography (approx 2. The paper should include: a description of the scene/setting. interviews. comment critically on the representational. (A). Both of your assignments should be bound together and submitted in duplicate by 11. participant observation. and their validity and reliability. discuss the research design and choice of methods. The paper should include extracts from your fieldnotes to provide some sense of the social interaction and of the setting that you observed. (B). the research role(s) adopted by the ethnographer.500 words) Write a mini-ethnography based on participant observation.g. rhetorical or authorial style that you adopt. indicate ethical issues that arise in the ethnography (field research and writing) 2. You will need to undertake a minimum of 3-5 hours of participant observation to answer this question. discuss the issue of perspective used to render an interpretation. and (B) as second item from the options listed below. and finally. You should also use your fieldnotes to analyze the framework and process of your observations/ interpretations. Write an essay (questions to be provided by the course lecturer). Write a critical book review of a recent ethnography (approved by the course teacher) which evaluates the research methodology. comment on the issue of how the researcher negotiated access in the field and various scenes. it should discuss the issue of research access. In part do this by outlining: a description of the scenes/settings in which the research was undertaken. (A) a mini-ethnography. and comment critically on the representational. In addition to your ‘mini-ethnography’ you should undertake ONE of the following (approx 2.000 words.e. oral history. justifies a specific research design and methodology and provides the rationale for different research techniques (try to find ways of integrating more than one research method-. the findings/conclusions.

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