SAN105 Ethnography and Fieldwork

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2017
Extent and Intensity
2/2/0. 9 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Adéla Souralová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Eva Kotašková, Ph.D. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Csaba Szaló, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology – Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Adéla Souralová, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Sociology – Faculty of Social Studies
Thu 9:45–11:15 U33
Prerequisites (in Czech)
SAN101 Soc. Anthropology-lectures
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 54 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/54, only registered: 0/54, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/54
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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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
Teaching methods
Lectures, reading, class discussion
Assessment methods
3 written essys, oral exam, colloquium
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Autumn 2015.
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