SAN105 Ethnography and Fieldwork

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2009
Extent and Intensity
2/2. 9 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Jakub Grygar, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Eva Šlesingerová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Irena Kašparová, M.A., Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Klára Vomastková (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Jakub Grygar, Ph.D.
Division of Social Anthropology – Department of Sociology – Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: doc. Mgr. Jakub Grygar, Ph.D.
Thu 12:00–13:30 P24
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
SAN105/Boaz: No timetable has been entered into IS. I. Kašparová
SAN105/Malinowski: No timetable has been entered into IS. I. Kašparová
Prerequisites (in Czech)
SAN101 Soc. Anthropology-lectures
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
Course objectives
The main objectives of the course are the following:
informing about fieldwork and about ethnographic genre;
acquaintining students with the classical ethnographic texts;
giving the students anthropological terminology of ethnographic research;and
learning thinking in logic of ethnographic research.
  • I. Ethnography as translation of a picture to the text
  • II. Relevance of ethnography. Participated observation vs. observed participation. Plurality of ethnographies (positivism, phenomenology, praxeology)
  • III. Person and method, research reflexivity. Ethnography as a genre
  • IV. Issue and method
  • V. Starting fieldwork: solitude of an ethnographer
  • VI. Record and utterance. Fieldnotes, data presentations, anonymization
  • VII. Generalization of knowledge. How many interview we should make?
  • VIII. To became the Other. Question of translation
  • IX. Ethnogreaphy in a research lab. Actors-network theory
  • X. Crizis of ethnographic reprezentation: performance texts, new journalism, Stand Point Epistemologies
  • XI. Ethnographer and "his/her" people: hierarchy and power asymmetry. Between friendship and objectivity. Research ethic
  • Fieldwork dilemmas : anthropologists in postsocialist states. Edited by Hermine G. De Soto - Nora Dudwick. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 2000, xi, 250. ISBN 0299163741. info
  • Současná filosofie sociálních věd :multikulturní přístup. Edited by Brian Fay - Jana Ogrocká. 1. vyd. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2002, 324 s. ISBN 80-86429-10-5. info
  • HAMMERSLEY, Martyn and Paul ATKINSON. Ethnography : principles in practice. 3rd ed. London: Routledge, 2007, xi, 275. ISBN 9780415396042. info
  • GEERTZ, Clifford. Works and lives : the anthropology as author. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1988, vi, 157. ISBN 0804717478. info
  • RABINOW, Paul. Reflections on fieldwork in Morocco. Edited by Pierre Bourdieu - Robert Neelly Bellah. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1977, xiii, 170. ISBN 0520035291. info
Assessment methods
3 written essys, oral exam, colloquium
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Autumn 2015, Spring 2017.
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