Ethnography and Interviewing

Periodo di svolgimento
Ore del corso
20
Ore dei docenti responsabili
20
Ore di didattica integrativa
0
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Modalità esame

Relazione di seminario

Prerequisiti

Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Political Science and Sociology"

Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Transnational Governance"

Optional for the 4th and 5th year students of the MA Programme in "Political and Social Sciences"

Programma

Overview of the course: This course explores some key theoretical, practical and ethical issues of ethnographic research with special attention to social and political aspects. We will investigate the production and reception of ethnographic knowledge and focus on knowledge claims, role and scope of causal inferences, positionality, relationality and reflexivity. The course will also cover interviewing. In particular, we will reflect on how one of the main and most diverse resources for ethnographic research can be employed in sociopolitical research. The course requires a substantial amount of readings and a proactive attitude in sharing one’s doubts and ideas about their research project and fieldwork.

 

Course format: The course is articulated into seven seminars according as per timetable below. Each session will feature an introduction for students to present readings and to share reflections also on their own research as relevant. The instructor will then discuss some more in-depth aspects each time. A group discussion will follow before ending the seminar. On some occasions we will engage in practical exercises to stimulate ethnographic thinking. One class will feature a guest speaker. Please be aware that the course demands a substantial amount of readings. Participation in the seminars is compulsory.

 

Requirements: Master (50%) and PhD students will be evaluated through their attendance and active participation in class. Master students must produce a final paper between 3,000 and 4,000 words (references included). Together with the instructor they will decide whether to write a review of one ethnographic work or a paper on one of the topics covered during the course (50%). Final papers will be marked on a 30-point scale. The paper can be written in English or Italian and must be delivered by July 2, 2022.PhD students are not required to write a paper as the instructor will only determine whether they have passed (or failed) the course. PhD students willing to write their term paper on a topic of the course, must consult the instructor in advance and also agree on a topic. Term papers should be between 5,000 and 6,000 words (references included) and are due before September 30, 2022. More detailed information on the requirements of the course will be discussed on the first day of class.

 

Schedule

 

Session 1. Introduction and the cast

(Tuesday, January 18th, 2-5pm)

Introduction of the course and its participants. The main text of the course and of the prime ethnography under examination will be considered. We will make arrangements for future classes.

Required readings

Pachirat, Timothy. 2018. Among Wolves. New York: Routledge. Intros and Act 1

Goffman, Alice. 2014. On the RunFugitive Life in an American City. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

 

Additional (optional)

Brodkin, Evelyn Z. "The ethnographic turn in political science: reflections on the state of the art." PS, Political Science & Politics 50.1 (2017): 131.

Luhtakallio, Eeva, and Nina Eliasoph. "Ethnography of politics and political communication: Studies in sociology and political science." The Oxford Handbook of Political Communication, Oxford, Oxford Handbooks Online (2014): 1-11.

 

Session 2. Knowledge and the field

(Thursday, January 20th, 2-5pm)

Presentation and discussion of two to three selected ethnographies. Focus on interpretative fieldwork. Basic points about interviewing.

 

Required readings

Pachirat, Timothy. 2018. Among Wolves. New York: Routledge. Acts 2,3

Gerson, Kathleen, and Sarah Damaske. The science and art of interviewing. Oxford University Press, 2020. Ch 1-4

 

Additional reading (optional)

One of the following books as assigned for presentation:

Autesserre, Soverine. 2014. Peaceland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Boo, Katherine. 2012. Behind the Beautiful Forevers. New York: Random House

Duneier, Mitchell, 1999. Sidewalk. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Ho, Karen. 2009. Liquidated. Durham: Duke University Press

Scott, James. 1985. Weapons of the Weak. New Haven: Yale University Press

Pachirat, Timothy. 2011. Every Twelve Seconds. New Haven: Yale University Press

Tsing, Anna. 2015. The Mushroom at the End of the World. Princeton: Princeton

University Press

Vitebsky, Piers. 2005. The Reindeer People. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company

Wacquant, Loic. 2003. Body and Soul. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Session 3. Power and ethics

(Tuesday, January 25th 2-5pm)

Presentation and discussion of two to three selected ethnographies. Focus on power-related issues and on ethics. Relational view on interviewing.

 

Required readings

Pachirat, Timothy. 2018. Among Wolves. New York: Routledge. Act 4

Gerson, Kathleen, and Sarah Damaske. The science and art of interviewing. Oxford University Press, 2020. Ch 5-6

 

Additional reading (optional)

One of the following books as assigned for presentation:

Autesserre, Soverine. 2014. Peaceland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Boo, Katherine. 2012. Behind the Beautiful Forevers. New York: Random House

Duneier, Mitchell, 1999. Sidewalk. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Ho, Karen. 2009. Liquidated. Durham: Duke University Press

Scott, James. 1985. Weapons of the Weak. New Haven: Yale University Press

Pachirat, Timothy. 2011. Every Twelve Seconds. New Haven: Yale University Press

Tsing, Anna. 2015. The Mushroom at the End of the World. Princeton: Princeton

University Press

Vitebsky, Piers. 2005. The Reindeer People. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company

Wacquant, Loic. 2003. Body and Soul. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

Session 4. Field-based knowledge production and use

(Thursday, January 27th 2-5pm)

 Presentation and discussion of two to three selected ethnographies. Focus on knowledge production and use in ethnographic research. Challenging interviewing contexts.

 

Required readings

Pachirat, Timothy. 2018. Among Wolves. New York: Routledge. Acts 6, 7

Mikecz, Robert. "Interviewing elites: Addressing methodological issues." Qualitative inquiry 18.6 (2012): 482-493.

Delaney, Kevin J. "Methodological dilemmas and opportunities in interviewing organizational elites." Sociology Compass 1.1 (2007): 208-221.

Linabary, Jasmine R., and Stephanie A. Hamel. "feminist online interviewing: engaging issues of power, resistance and reflexivity in practice." feminist review 115.1 (2017): 97-113.

 

Additional reading (optional)

One of the following books as assigned for presentation:

Autesserre, Soverine. 2014. Peaceland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Boo, Katherine. 2012. Behind the Beautiful Forevers. New York: Random House

Duneier, Mitchell, 1999. Sidewalk. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Ho, Karen. 2009. Liquidated. Durham: Duke University Press

Scott, James. 1985. Weapons of the Weak. New Haven: Yale University Press

Pachirat, Timothy. 2011. Every Twelve Seconds. New Haven: Yale University Press

Tsing, Anna. 2015. The Mushroom at the End of the World. Princeton: Princeton

University Press

Vitebsky, Piers. 2005. The Reindeer People. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company

Wacquant, Loic. 2003. Body and Soul. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

Session 5. Guest Lecturer Selen Ercan

(Tuesday, February 1st 2-5 pm)

Presentation and discussion of two to three selected ethnographies. Guest lecturer seminar by Selen A. Ercan (University of Canberra) on visuals and visual analysis.

 

Required readings

Doerr, Nicole, and Noa Milman. "Working with images." Methodological practices in social movement research (2014): 418-445.

 

Additional reading (optional)

One of the following books as assigned for presentation:

Autesserre, Soverine. 2014. Peaceland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Boo, Katherine. 2012. Behind the Beautiful Forevers. New York: Random House

Duneier, Mitchell, 1999. Sidewalk. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Ho, Karen. 2009. Liquidated. Durham: Duke University Press

Scott, James. 1985. Weapons of the Weak. New Haven: Yale University Press

Pachirat, Timothy. 2011. Every Twelve Seconds. New Haven: Yale University Press

Tsing, Anna. 2015. The Mushroom at the End of the World. Princeton: Princeton

University Press

Vitebsky, Piers. 2005. The Reindeer People. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company

Wacquant, Loic. 2003. Body and Soul. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

Session 6. Guest Lecturer Riccardo Emilio Chesta

(Thursday, February 3rd, 2-5 pm)

Presentation and discussion of two to three selected ethnographies. Guest lecturer seminar.

 

Required readings

TBD

 

Additional readings (optional)

One of the following books as assigned for presentation:

Autesserre, Soverine. 2014. Peaceland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Boo, Katherine. 2012. Behind the Beautiful Forevers. New York: Random House

Duneier, Mitchell, 1999. Sidewalk. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Ho, Karen. 2009. Liquidated. Durham: Duke University Press

Scott, James. 1985. Weapons of the Weak. New Haven: Yale University Press

Pachirat, Timothy. 2011. Every Twelve Seconds. New Haven: Yale University Press

Tsing, Anna. 2015. The Mushroom at the End of the World. Princeton: Princeton

University Press

Vitebsky, Piers. 2005. The Reindeer People. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company

Wacquant, Loic. 2003. Body and Soul. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

Session 7. Leaving the field

(Tuesday, February 8th 2-4 pm)

Presentation and discussion of two to three selected ethnographies. Finalizing discussion on invterviews. Course wrap up and closing discussion.

 

Required readings

Gerson, Kathleen, and Sarah Damaske. The science and art of interviewing. Oxford University Press, 2020. Ch 7

Tilly, Charles. "Afterword: Political ethnography as art and science." New perspectives in political ethnography. Springer, New York, NY, 2007. 247-250.

 

Additional reading (optional)

One of the following books as assigned for presentation:

Autesserre, Soverine. 2014. Peaceland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Boo, Katherine. 2012. Behind the Beautiful Forevers. New York: Random House

Duneier, Mitchell, 1999. Sidewalk. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Ho, Karen. 2009. Liquidated. Durham: Duke University Press

Scott, James. 1985. Weapons of the Weak. New Haven: Yale University Press

Pachirat, Timothy. 2011. Every Twelve Seconds. New Haven: Yale University Press

Tsing, Anna. 2015. The Mushroom at the End of the World. Princeton: Princeton

University Press

Vitebsky, Piers. 2005. The Reindeer People. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company

Wacquant, Loic. 2003. Body and Soul. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

Obiettivi formativi

Gli studenti acquisiranno una comprensione solida dei metodi di ricerca etnografica per i fenomeni sociali e politici.

Gli studenti saranno in grado di considerare criticamente alcuni punti di forza e di debolezza della ricerca basata sul lavoro sul campo.

Gli studenti acquisiranno una conoscenza approfondita delle tecniche di intervista.

Gli studenti saranno in grado di riflettere su come utilizzare il lavoro etnografico nella ricerca sul proprio argomento di interesse.