Tips for doing ethnographic research.<br />Invited talk for Prof. Irina Shklovski’s seminar<br />IT University of Copenhag...
Be reflexive about your ties to the community you are researching. <br />What is your responsibility to the community you ...
Be open to other disciplines, approaches, and ideas as points of inspiration…<br />
Constantly externalize your ideas and observations …..<br />draw, map, visualize, SAVE IT!<br />
Think early on about how you will operationalize what you’re trying to observe ….<br />
sometimes you don’t immediately realize the significance of your fieldwork….until later<br />
Be open to findings and observations outside of your research question<br />“You don’t get to chose what you observe.”Barr...
Allow your research question to change and grow <br />A lot!<br />
All observations count<br />“I was not prepared for the elementary fact that an anthropologist is at work from the moment ...
Keep it real<br />WHY AM I DOING THIS? WHAT ARE MY MOTIVATIONS? AM I BEING CLEAR ABOUT THEM?<br />
Keep is relevant<br />SO WHAT? WHY DOES THIS MATTER?<br />
Keep the passion<br />It’s not worth it if you aren’t having fun and if you don’t love it.<br />
today’s talk (plus slides) and my ongoing observations from the field can be found onwww.culturalbytes.com<br />Tricia Wan...
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  1. 1. Tips for doing ethnographic research.<br />Invited talk for Prof. Irina Shklovski’s seminar<br />IT University of Copenhagen | Copenhagen, Denmark<br />September 29, 2010<br />Tricia Wang | tw@triciawang.com<br />www.triciawang.com | www.culturalbytes.com<br />
  2. 2. Be reflexive about your ties to the community you are researching. <br />What is your responsibility to the community you are researching? This is important to ask yourself<br />
  3. 3. Be open to other disciplines, approaches, and ideas as points of inspiration…<br />
  4. 4. Constantly externalize your ideas and observations …..<br />draw, map, visualize, SAVE IT!<br />
  5. 5. Think early on about how you will operationalize what you’re trying to observe ….<br />
  6. 6. sometimes you don’t immediately realize the significance of your fieldwork….until later<br />
  7. 7. Be open to findings and observations outside of your research question<br />“You don’t get to chose what you observe.”Barry Brown<br />
  8. 8. Allow your research question to change and grow <br />A lot!<br />
  9. 9. All observations count<br />“I was not prepared for the elementary fact that an anthropologist is at work from the moment he opens [her] his eyes in the morning until [s]he closes them at night.”James Scot <br />
  10. 10. Keep it real<br />WHY AM I DOING THIS? WHAT ARE MY MOTIVATIONS? AM I BEING CLEAR ABOUT THEM?<br />
  11. 11. Keep is relevant<br />SO WHAT? WHY DOES THIS MATTER?<br />
  12. 12. Keep the passion<br />It’s not worth it if you aren’t having fun and if you don’t love it.<br />
  13. 13. today’s talk (plus slides) and my ongoing observations from the field can be found onwww.culturalbytes.com<br />Tricia Wang | tw@triciawang.com<br />www.triciawang.com | www.culturalbytes.com<br />

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