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

Fall 2003

ANT 391 • Workshop in Theory & Method

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
27197 W
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
EPS 1.130KA
STRONG

Course Description

PLEASE NOTE: Class will not meet on Wed, 8/27 -- please e-mail Dr. Strong for first assignment (pstrong@mail.utexas.edu). This course is a workshop in qualitative research design and proposal/prospectus writing. Among the topics to be considered are epistemology; ethics; problem definition; research methodologies in the social sciences and humanities; anthropological research methods in the "field," the archive, and the interview; data analysis and textual interpretation; and effective styles of presentation. Feminist, acitivist, and multi-sited methodologies will be discussed in addition to more conventional approaches.

The workshop is for students actively preparing research proposals and/or a dissertation prospectus. It is appropriate for students in all subdisciplines. Class time will be divided evenly between discussion of the readings and discussion of student work.

Texts

Michael H. Agar. 1996. The Professional Stranger: An Informal Introduction to Ethnography. San Diego, CA: Academic Press. H. Russell Bernard, ed. 1998. Handbook Of Methods In Cultural Anthropology. Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira, 1998. [Please note: this is not the same book as Bernard?s single-authored Research Methods In Anthropology, whic is, however, recommended as a resource.] Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, The Craft of Research (University of Chicago Press, 1995. Charles L. Briggs. 1986. Learning How To Ask. A Sociolinguistic Appriasal Of The Role Of The Interview In Social Science Research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Akhil Gupta and James Ferguson, eds. 1997. Anthropological Locations: Boundaries And Grounds Of A Field Science. Berkeley: University of California Press. Course packet.

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