Duke in the Time of Covid

Students sitting on the front steps of Lilly Library

Welcome to the end of semester digital ethnography collaboratively produced by students in Cultural Anthropology 302: Fieldwork Methods. This class, a requirement for all Cultural Anthropology majors and also popular with students in other majors, is a rigorous introduction to the core methodology anthropologists utilize in ethnographic research: participant observation, or more colloquially, “deep hanging out.” Through participating, observing and talking to people in what is often an unfamiliar (to the anthropologist) “field site,” ethnographers explore what people do in particular social contexts and what meaning they give this behavior. In presenting their findings in written, visual and digital formats, ethnographers translate what they have learned to others.

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