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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Spring 2008

ANT 324L • Activist Research Practicum

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30290 MW
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
EPS 1.130KA

Course Description

From this upper-division seminar, designed especially for anthropology majors, students will learn the basics of anthropological research methods, and gain hands-on experience, from an "activist research" perspective. Coursework in the first four weeks will consider the politics of anthropological research, tracing the evolution from its colonial beginnings, through upheaval and critique in the 1960s and 1970s, to various post-colonial responses to these criticisms. The remainder of the course will focus on one such response, known as activist anthropology. Together we will explore the complexities of activist research methods, while each student conceives and carries out an activist research project in conjunction with an organization in the Austin area. Throughout the remainder of the semester, students are expected to devote an average of 6 to 8 hours a week to their activist research project.

Grading Policy

Short paper (5 pp.): 15% Term paper (15-20 pp.): 40% Fieldwork journal: 25% In-class exercises and classroom participation: 20%


Smith, Linda Tuhiwai 1999, Decolonizing methodologies (St. Martins Press) Booth, Wayne C., et al. 1995, The craft of research. (Chicago) Greenwood, Davydd J., and Morten Levin 1998 Introduction to Action Research. Social Research for Social Change. London: Sage. Naples, N. A. (2003). Feminism and Method: Ethnography, Discourse Analysis, and Activist Research. New York, Routledge. In addition, there will be a Xeroxed reading packet.


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