Methodology of Social Anthropology
Introduction to the course. The study of Otherness. The method of social Anthropology and Positivism. The establishment of fieldwork in American and British tradition: Franz Boas, Bronislaw Malinowski, A.R. Radcliffe-Brown. Salvage ethnography and the first anthrpological expeditions (A. Haddon, WHRRivers). The importance of being “there”, in the field.
-Ethnographic Movie: "Off the Verandah - Bronislaw Malinowski: 1884-1942", Director / Anthropologist: André Singer, Writer / Presenter: Bruce Dakowski. London: Royal Anthropological Institute, 1986.
Text 4. Riboli, D. 2006. Approaching the Other. Anthropologist’s Myths and Illusions in dealing with Otherness in the West and in the East. In Kiriakakis C. And Michailidou M., The Approach of the Other. Ideology, Methodology and Research Practice. Metaichmio: 143-169. (In Greek)
Systematic long-term fieldwork and participant observation. Different approaches. The “oxymoron” of participant observation. The meaning of the observation and the question “why the observation is not enough”. Symbolic interaction. The interweaving of theory and methodology. The “construction” of data. Ethnographic approaches and ethnographic texts.
-Ethnographic Movie: «When Visitors Come». Director / Anthropologist: Rina Sherman, 2006, 32 minutes
The interpretive example in participant observation. From ethnographic realism to cultural critique, from the perception of social phenomena as “things” to the perception of them as structures and then as meanings, symbols, practices, and multiple modes of explanation. The meaning of “thick description” in the post-Geertz anthropology.
Text 2. Gkefou-Madianou, D. 2011. "Reflection, Diversity and Anthropology at Home: Dilemmas and Controversies." In D.. Gkefou-Madianou (ed.) Anthropological Theory and Ethnography. Current Trends. pp. 365-435. New Issue, Series "Anthropological Horizons", Athens: Patakis. (In Greek)
Methodological issues in “anthropology at home”: the “problem” of otherness. Reflexive ethnography, multiple reflection (self-referentiality). Anthropologist’s subjectivity and inter-subjectivity. The always “imperfect” nature of the observer. Ethical dilemmas.
The fieldwork in dangerous environments. Methodological, theoretical and ethical issues
Text 3. Kovats-Bernat, J.C. 2002. Negotiating Dangerous Fields: Pragmatic Strategies for Fieldwork amid Violence and Terror. American Anthropologist 10 (1): 208-222
The ethnographic method after cultural critique. “Multi-sited ethnography”.
Text 1. Gkefou-Madianou, D. 2009. Aspects of Anthropological Research. Culture, History, Representations, ch. 1 ("Introduction: Anthropological Research after the Cultural Critique"): 15-36
Text 5. Riboli D. and Tacey, I., 2013. Emplaced, Embodied, Multi-sited, Collaborative Ethnography in Peninsular Malaysia. Man and Society 24: 1-20
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