February 6th, 2013 ALL ABOUT PARTICIPANT OBSERVATION
Essential in ethnographic research
Requires particular skill
Not just hanging out
o You are not only looking at what others are doing but how you are reacting as
well SUBJECT POS
Chinas economy has been much less affected by the global economic downturn, mainly because of :
Its large size and population
High levels of domestic investment (40% of GDP) plus foreign investment
Increasing levels of domestic demand (80% of market share
* Under the One country-two systems policy of china, Tibet, Hong kong and Macau maintain their own
legal system, police force, monetary system, customs policy, and delegates to international organizations
and events, whereas China has the control of the f
What are the five key questions regarding Chinas future?
(1). Will China stay unified? 2). Will China's economy continue to boom? 3). What will happen to Hong
Kong, Taiwan, and Tibet? 4). Will China become more democratic? 5). Will China and its people bl
Recorded history is approximately 5,000 years.
1.3 billion people, 1/5 of world population.
*New challenges for china:
1) Continuing economic, social, and political reform.
2) Increasing food supply.
3) Controlling population growth.
What actions need to be taken if China is to feed and clothe all of its people and provide a good standard
of living in the next century?
(China needs strict population control, extensive environmental education, financial and infrastructure
*What are the groups most helped by Dengs reform? What are the groups most harmed by Dengs
(1). The peasants, party bureaucrats in coastal provinces, and urban workers .
2). Students, intellectuals, urban youth still trapped in the countryside, ce
*What is Chinas current per capita gross national product (GDP)? Please also concisely describe the
variation of per capita GDP among provinces and cities. (Chapter 5)
China's current per capita GDP is about US$ 4,400 in 2010. The more developed and the m
*Failure of Mao's Model :
In rural areas after land reform, Mao organized the peasants first onto small production teams and
agricultural cooperatives, and then collective.
Mao transformed the collectives into the peoples communes.
Mao launched the Great
Week 1: January 9th, 2013 CHECK AIESEC: WORKING ABROAD
Worlds of Ethnography: Experiencing Culture
Part 1 Research Design (Weeks 1-4 + Quiz #1)
Part 2 Conducting Ethnography (Weeks 5-8 +Quiz #2)
Part 3 Summary Analyzing and Writing (Wee
WEEK 3: January 23, 2013
Turning a topic into a research question
Questions determine your methods
Exploratory research can help
Avoid descriptive questions
Keep questions open-ended (as much as possible)
Focus is on analytical ethnography
February 11, 2013
SHOULD have a balance between participant observation and interviews
o Two can happen simultaneously
Should have an engaged conversation
o Go DEEP into the subject
o More people interviewed, deeper questions, etc.
o LISTEN to
February 13th, 2013
Starting an interview
Establish a comfortable environment can be awkward at first
Set the tone by talking but not seeming like a know-it-all
Start with easier questions
Good and Bad questions
Depends on the interviewee
o Ask open-ended
March 13th, 2013
Analyzing Data - IMPORTANT IN METHOD SECTION
Data analyze different types
o Field notes on experience
o Interview notes
o Background Research
Analyze along the way
First step in ana
February 4, 2013
Part 2 Chapter 5: Ethnography in the field COLLECTING DATA (active part)
Note-taking is ESSENTIAL for the ethnographer
More information is BETTER; efficient and productive
Field notes record your experiences and the research
WEEK 3 - January 28th, 2013
Writing a Proposal
Clear representation of
Research plans; how you are going to do the research
1. Summary Introduction 1 paragraph of 1 sentences that explain the res
January 11th, 2012
Why is the topic so important when doing ethnography?
What challenges might arise when choosing a topic?
Who is speaking for whom and how does that influence our understanding of the subject?
Margaret Mead Born Dec. 1901
Family of inte
Week 2: January 14th, 2013
Worlds of Ethnography: Experiencing Culture; PART 1; CHAPTER 2
Take notes keep track of your thoughts + BACK THEM UP REGULARLY
o Helps in your research process
Choose a topic of personal interest and commitment
When searching th
January 16th, 2012
Choosing an Ethnographic Topic
o Feasibility of the research
o Researchers responsibilities to the people being interviewed
List a number of potential topics
o Whats your daily experiencing like?
o What do you know al
Tang- Prosperity; Inventions (first printed book); Poetry
Ming- Zheng He's seven expeditions
Qing- the last dynasty; Clash with the Western powers
* Most post-Qin dynasties lasted about three centuries.
1) First century First century(Rise): vigor, expansi