We can use this page as a way to construct our understanding of ethnography and culture. Feel free to add photos, share links to articles, videos, or web pages. Or use the "discussion" tab above to ask questions and share thoughts and ideas about the research.


*NOTE: As we discussed in class, to plan a "do-able" project, the group you choose to study must be "self-identified." That is, the members must consider themselves part of the group. The group must be accessible over the next eight weeks. You must disclose your plans for research and gain permission from your informants. Some of the subcultures listed above, although they are interesting and worthy of study, are not "do-able" as a semester-length research project.




"Strike A Pose" is an example of a student ethnography by Karen Downing that appears in the book Fieldworking: Reading and Writing Research by Bonnie Stone-Sunstein and Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater. One of the purposes of reading this piece is to gather ideas about how to "do" ethnography. With this in mind, read and mark up the text with your ideas, then write a response based on the following instructions by clicking on the link below.
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"House for the Homeles: A Place to Hang Your Hat" is a student ethnography by Ivana Nikolic that studies a local homeless shelter and its homeless clients. Like Downing, Nikolic observes and participates in the subculture to show the ways its members experience the world. One of the purposes of reading this piece is to gather ideas about how to "do" ethnography. With this in mind, read and mark up the text with your ideas, then write a response based on the following instructions by clicking on the link below.


Exploring a Microculture is a short assignment that asks you to look at the things ethnographers are interested in (the elements of culture we have been discussing) as they appear in a subculture. The purpose of this assignment is to "try on" an ethnographer's point of view and play with some of the ideas we have been working with in class. Please note, the subculture you choose for this short assignment is not necessarily the one you must choose for the larger paper. Click on the link below to see the full assignment:




The Origins of an Ethnography: A Research Proposal is a short assignment that asks you to detail your plans for researching a subculture.
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The Proposal Evaluation is a way for students to see what their colleagues are planning to research, as well as a chance for students to receive ideas and feedback about possible problems from their peers. Click on the link below to see the full assignment.


The Interview Analysis is a way to reflect on your interview process and examine your notes and transcript further. This assignment will expanded into a part of your ethnography draft. Click on the link below to see the full assignment.


Sample Transcript: CNN interview with Angelina This link takes you to an example of a transcript of a CNN interview with Angelina Jolie. Use it as a model for structuring your own interview transcripts.

This short assignment asks that you collect an object from your subculture for analysis. You'll want to choose an object that reveals something useful about the way your subculture functions, the way its members interact, or what is valued among members of the group. Click on the link to see the full assignment.