Welcome to Applied Ethnographic Research Methods (i.e., Anthropological Research Methods). I am Rodney Frey, your instructor. My office is in Phinney Hall, Rm.116, with office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 to 12:00, or by appointment. You can contact me at:
Class Days/Times and Location:
Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 - 1:45
ANTH 420 Anthropological History and Theory
STATS 251 Statistics
Our Textbooks are:
For both undergraduate (ANTH 410) and graduate (ANTH 510) students:
Charlotte Aull Davis. Reflexive Ethnography: A Guide to Researching Selves and Others. 2nd Edition. ASA - Routledge, 2008.
Rodney Frey and a host of Elders. Huckleberries: Stories from the American Indian experience for research, writing, pedagogy and our humanity. 2014. (course packet at the bookstore)
David Kyvig and Myron Marty. 3rd Edition. Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You. 2nd edition. AltaMira, 2014
Herbert Rubin and Irene Rubin. 3nd Edition. Qualitative Interviewing: The Art of Hearing Data. Sage, 2012.
Code of Ethics of the American Anthropological Association (PDF)
AAA Ethics, Handbook on Ethical Issues in Anthropology (and 25 Cases), Briefing Papers on Common Dilemmas Faced by Anthropologists Conducting Research in Field Situations, and Final Report of the Commission.
Society for Applied Anthropology, ethical responsibilities.
Prospectus (PDF printable)
This is a course in re-telling the stories of others, be they the stories of our contemporary neighbors or from our distant past, and doing so authentically and appropriately. As such stories are likely from culturally distant and different others, we will seek to have you, the student, acquire an array of anthropological research methodologies, i.e. a “toolkit.” These “tools” emanate from the humanities, from the social sciences, and from Indigenous communities themselves.
The over-arching objective of this course is the acknowledgment by the student of the epistemological relationships between what you seek to know and re-tell (i.e., the focus of your research) and how you go about that knowing and re-telling (i.e., your methodology), and the ability of the student to appropriately apply that relationship in the doing of anthropology. Key question: How do we go about accessing and then re-telling someone else’s story, when that story is predicated on an ontology and epistemology fundamentally distinct from that of our own, with making their story our own?
Acknowledging epistemological and ethical implications of human-focused research, among the topics to be addressed will be the responsibility of re-telling the stories of others, re-telling for what purpose, who is our host and our audience, ethics, research design, and techniques of gathering the stories and of interpreting those stories. Consideration will also be given to the various modes of presenting research, from publication in journals to teaching pedagogy in a classroom. You will also explore and gain an appreciation of the ethical considerations and parameters of doing research with human populations and presenting that research to the public.
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