Speaker: Elijah Anderson, William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology, Yale University
Ethnography is the systematic study of culture, or the shared understandings of a group of people. These understandings, or “local knowledge,” as Clifford Geertz has written, are reflected in ways of life that people develop and elaborate as they go about meeting the exigencies or demands of their everyday lives. The challenge for ethnographers is to apprehend these ways of life and accurately describe them in their work. This workshop session will also provide a brief history of the field of urban ethnography.