Urban Ethnography: Method and Substance

This course provides knowledge and insight into the ethnographic method. The ethnographic approach to social research involves substantive and methodological issues. Anderson’s classic work, A Place on the Corner (2nd ed., 2003, University of Chicago), and the more recent The Cosmopolitan Canopy (2012, W. W. Norton) are used as examples to describe, analyze and explain the process of selecting a social setting, “getting in,” writing field notes, “making sense,” and representing ethnographic research. The course will consist of lectures in a seminar-style/workshop format. Participants are encouraged to bring their own work for commentary and assistance, as time permits.