Ethnography, Culture and Interpretive Analysis Group: David Mills (Oxford)
Starts: 10 May 2011
Tuesday 10th May, 2.30pm – 3.30pm, Room -1.62 (Glamorgan Building)
Speaker – David Mills (University Lecturer, Department of Education, Oxford)
Intellectual creeks and methodological paddles? Anthropology, Ethnography and the politics of method
Should different disciplinary understandings of ethnography be put into dialogue? Anthropology departments valorize long-term ethnographic fieldwork: participant-observation that is theoretically-engaged and linguistically-informed. Anthropologists who go on to subsequently negotiate cognate ‘creeks’ may be less able to rely on such disciplinary rafts and paddles. Does this lead to an energizing confluence of methodological cultures or perpetuate rival disciplinary streams?
To discuss academic belonging and the politics of method, I draw on my experience of writing an ethnographic methods textbook for educational researchers that is informed by anthropological debates. I use it to demonstrate the challenge of combining anthropological sensibilities with methodological explicitness.
Open To: Staff and Students