Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Ethnographic Methods - 1st semester

Code

711001048

Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Department

Antropologia

Credits

6

Teacher in charge

Sónia Vespeira de Almeida

Weekly hours

4

Teaching language

Portuguese

Objectives

1. To develop skills in the construction of anthropological research problems
2. To develop knowledge on the different dimensions of the ethnographic method
3. To develop skills in data collection, data analysis and to write research results
4. To develop the ability to identify and critically apply methods and techniques of research to different empirical contexts
5. To develop research exercises in familiar contexts

Prerequisites

Research Methodology

Subject matter

1. The \"ethnographic magic\": an introduction to ethnographic method
2. Ethnography: main concepts and the specificity of anthropological knowledge
3. The ethnographic research cycle
4. Ethics in anthropological research
5. Entering in the \"field\"
5.1. Constructing the field: observation scale, access, informants
5.2. Fieldwork and participant observation
5.3. Record and writing: fieldnotes, field diary, the use of image, ethnographic drawing
5.4. Interviews: different types of interviews, the specificity of the ethnographic interview, procedures
5.5. Biographical interviews: collect and analysis of biographical materials
6. The archive and the document
7. Data analysis and writing ethnography
8. Anthropologists’ archives

Bibliography

ALMEIDA, S.V., CACHADO, R. A. (eds.), 2016, Os Arquivos dos Antropólogos, Lisboa, Palavrão
MADDEN, R., 2012, Being Ethnographic. A Guide to the theory and Practice of Ethnography, Los Angels, California, New Dehli, Singapore, Sage.
ROBEN, A.C.G.M.; SLUKA, J. A. (eds), 2008, Ethnographic Fieldwork. An Anthropological Reader, Malden, Blackwell Publishing.
SANJEK, R. (eds.), 1990, Fieldnotes. The Makings of Anthropology, Ithaca, London, Cornell University Press.
SANJEK, R., 2013, Ethnography in Today’s World. Color Full Before Color Blind, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania Press.
SMITH et al, 2015, Extraordinary encounters. Authenticity and the Interview, New York, Oxford, Berghahn Books.
TOREN, C.; PINA-CABRAL, J. de (eds.), 2011, The Challenge of Epistemology, New York, Oxford, Berghahn Books.

Teaching method

The course is organized in three types of classes:
1. Lectures
2. Practical lessons organized around the preparation of the exercise research
3. Seminars centred on discussion of texts about the different dimensions of the ethnographic method

Evaluation method

Evaluation
40% - Exercise research carried out by groups of students
40% - Written test
10% - Essay about one of the texts of the seminar
10% - Regular attendance and active participation in class, seminars and practical exercises

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