MA Political Science - European Politics & Policy Pathway (Research Route) / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Practising Participant Observation
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
Students will be introduced to a range of theoretical and practical approaches to research and representation that are grounded in participant observation, including classic fieldwork techniques, visual and sensory methods and new experimental approaches.
Teaching and learning methods
2 x 3 hour sessions
One 1500 word essay
Deadline for submission of assignment: - Thursday 21 January 2021
The following reading list is provided as a resource. Some are preliminary texts which focus specifically on ethnographic and/or anthropological research methods, while others are included because they exemplify the way in which a particular anthropologist discusses their methods of research. You are not expected to read them all but some may be referred to in the course. In preparation however, before the first workshop, I would like you take a look at at least one of the ethnographic monographs at the end of the list. Skim read it and identify how the ethnographer went about their research.
Agar, H. 1981. The Professional Stranger: an informal introduction to ethnography. New Jersey: Academic Press
Banks, M. 2001 Visual Methods in Social Research. London: Sage. Press
Behar, R. 1996. The vulnerable observer: anthropology that breaks your heart. Boston: Beacon Press.
Bernard, H.R. 2005 Research Methods in Anthropology: Qualitative and Quantitative. Alta Mira Press.
Blanes, R.L. 2006 The atheist anthropologist: Believers and non-believers in anthropological fieldwork, in Social Anthropology, 14/2:223-224
Bourdieu, P. 1996. Understanding. In Theory, Culture and Society 13(2): 17-37
Bourgois, P. 1996. Confronting Anthropology, Education, and Inner-City Apartheid. American Anthropologist 98(2):249-258.
Burawoy, M. 1991. Ethnography Unbound: Power and Resistance in the Modern Metropolis. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Comaroff, J. and J. Comaroff 2003. Ethnography on an awkward scale: Postcolonial anthropology and the violence of abstraction, in Ethnography, 4/2: 147-179.
Desmond, M. 2006. Becoming a Firefighter. Ethnography 7: 387-421.
Ellen, R. 1984. Ethnographic Research: a guide to general conduct. London: Academic Press.
Emerson, R.M., Fretz, R.I. & Shaw, L.I. 1995. Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes. Chicago: Chicago University Press.
Evans, G. 2012.Practising Participant Observation: an anthropologist’s account. Journal of Organizational Ethnography. 1 (1):96-106.
Gardner, K. 1999. Location and relocation: home, “the field” and anthropological ethics. In Watson, C. W. (ed.), Being There: Fieldwork in Anthropology, pp. 49–74. London: Pluto Press.
Geertz, C. 1973. Thick Description in Interpretation of Cultures. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
Goffman, E. 1989. On Fieldwork. Journal Contemporary Ethnography 18: 123-132.
Grasseni, C. 2004. Skilled vision: an apprenticeship in breeding aesthetics. In Social Anthropology 12(1): 41-55.
Gupta, A. and J. Ferguson (eds) 1997. Discipline and Practice: ‘the field’ as site, method, and location in anthropology. In Anthropological locations: boundaries and grounds of a field science. Berkeley: University of California Press. Pp. 1-46
Hammersley, M. & Atkinson P. 1995. Ethnography: principles in practice. London: Routledge
Hannerz, U. 2004 . Appendix: In the Field. In: Soulside: Inquiries into Ghetto Culture and Community. The University of Chicago Press.
Jackson, M. 1983. Knowledge of the body. Man 18(2): 327-345.
Jorgensen, Danny. 1989. Participant observation: a methodology for human studies. London: Sage
Lassiter, L 2005 The Chicago guide to collaborative ethnography Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Kalir, B. 2006. The field of work and the work of the field: conceptualising an anthropological research engagement, in Social Anthropology, 14/2: 235-246, ‘Personal habitus’.
Pink, S. 2001 Doing Visual Ethnography: Images, Media and Representation in Research. London: Sage Publications.
Rapport, N. 2004. ‘From the porter’s point of view. Participant Observation by the interpretative anthropologist in the hospital.’ In Frances Rapport (ed.) New Qualitative Methodologies in Health and Social Care Research. London and New York
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||6|
|Independent study hours|
|Arran Calvert||Unit coordinator|
Friday 13 November
Friday 11 December