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