15APRIL2008ClassNotes

15APRIL2008ClassNotes - ANT 307 Class Notes 15 April 2008...

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ANT 307 Class Notes 15 April 2008 The Ethnography: From Down Draft to Up Draft How to turn methodology into ethnography A Discussion of your Research Statement: What is the purpose of your research? What your research questions? What are your ontological  assumptions and theories? [SEE Choices and Decisions handout] Purposes of Research: 1) Exploration: to satisfy the researcher’s curiosity and desire for better understanding 2) Description: to paint a picture of the characteristics of individuals, a group or situation 3) Explanation: to make comprehensible the cause, contexts and consequences of a  situation.  Your Data and Methodology: -Participant Observation: take notes and jot down things you see or hear, fill in the pieces of  information that will give you substance for your ethnography. -Interviews -Oral history -Surveys -Focus groups -Library research Literature Review: -Summarize what others have done -Annual Review of Anthropology (available online and in the library) A Description of the Participants and Research Sites: -Participant observation: your assumptions = what did you think about the topic before going  into the field? What did you think you would find? Where did you think the best places to look  were? What did you think the best questions to ask were? What did you suspect was really going 
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