Sites of Contention in Contemporary Ethnography(2)
This course is dedicated to the discussion of thematic, theoretical, methodological, and formal innovation in contemporary ethnography. The course places in dialogue alternative theoretical and ethnographic strategies on similar questions, and introduces a range of potentially interlocutive "quasi-ethnographic" texts. Some examples of foci are ethnographic approaches to the cultural construction of difference; ethnographies of globalization; and contemporary approaches to anthropological intervention in the public sphere. Seminar participants make close readings of at least one substantial text per week, and students write brief reaction papers at regular intervals.