Ethnographic Work: A Master Class

Event time: 
Monday, September 18, 2017 - 11:30am
Gordon Parks Room, Room 201 See map
81 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

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.