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The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession, Benzecry
"Though some dismiss opera as old-fashioned, it shows no sign of disappearing from the world’s stage. So why do audiences continue to flock to it? Given its association with wealth, one might imagine that opera tickets function as a status symbol. But while a desire to hobnob with the upper crust might motivate the occasional operagoer, for hardcore fans the real answer, according to The Opera Fanatic, is passion—they do it for love. Opera lovers are an intense lot, Claudio E. Benzecry discovers in his look at the fanatics who haunt the legendary Colón Opera House in Buenos Aires, a key site for opera’s globalization. Listening to the fans and their stories, Benzecry hears of two-hundred-mile trips for performances and nightlong camp-outs for tickets, while others testify to a particular opera’s power to move them—whether to song or to tears—no matter how many times they have seen it before. Drawing on his insightful analysis of these acts of love, Benzecry proposes new ways of thinking about people’s relationship to art and shows how, far from merely enhancing aspects of everyday life, art allows us to transcend it."
book  publisher  art  sociology  opera  ethnography 
december 2017 by tsuomela
Ernst Karel | EAR ROOM
Sound artist at the Harvard Sensor Ethnography Lab.
audio  sound  art  anthropology  ethnography 
march 2017 by tsuomela
"PhotoVoice’s vision is for a world in which everybody has the opportunity to represent themselves and tell their own story PhotoVoice’s mission is to build skills within disadvantaged and marginalised communities. To achieve this, we utilise innovative participatory photography and digital storytelling methods. These skills enable individuals to represent themselves and create tools for advocacy and communication. Through this, and through developing partnerships, we deliver positive social change."
photography  marginal  community  participatory-culture  participation  ethnography  visual 
march 2017 by tsuomela
Mass Observation Online - Adam Matthew Digital
"This resource offers revolutionary access to one of the most important archives for the study of Social History in the modern era. Explore original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organisation, as well as printed publications, photographs and interactive features."
research  data  country(GreatBritain)  20c  interview  ethnography 
november 2014 by tsuomela
Black Life, Annotated – The New Inquiry
A strong critique of Alice Goffman book riffing on power and surprise.
book  review  sociology  ethnography  race  urban  power 
august 2014 by tsuomela
The Gangster's Guide to Upward Mobility
Malcolm Gladwell discusses the mob and urban/black crime by riffing off of Alice Goffman's book.
book  review  sociology  ethnography  race  urban 
august 2014 by tsuomela
On Rogues and Social Science |
"Gang Leader for a Day succeeded in large part because of Sudhir, the narrative contrivance that helps a general audience engage Venkatesh’s subjects without preconceptions and at the same time understand the rarified project of ethnography. Just as Venkatesh needed J. T., we middle-class readers need Sudhir to guide us through this foreign world. But in Floating City Venkatesh doesn’t seem to know where to leave Sudhir behind, and where to rely on the assuredness of his remarkable and approachable scholarly work, which makes clear how (for example) sex work can be a “career” or a part-time job rather than a tragic fate. And uncommonly, Venkatesh is a better writer in an academic voice than in the stilted, dumbed-down prose of his trade books. Having spent a memorable day with him in person, I wanted to hear again from this aspiring public intellectual, confidently navigating the terra incognita between academic credibility and mainstream influence. Instead, in Floating City we get a cardboard cutout, a rehash, a trade editor’s idea of how to make a scholar “relatable” to a general audience."
book  review  ethnography  poverty  gangs  celebrity  academia 
march 2014 by tsuomela
A Thousand Kinds of Life: Culture, Nature, and Anthropology | Dissent Magazine
"In the latest twist in an unusually public academic dispute, one of the world’s most influential and highly regarded anthropologists resigned in protest from the prestigious National Academy of Sciences in late February. In quitting the academy, Marshall Sahlins took aim in part at the work of fellow anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon, whose contentious memoir, Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes—The Yanamamö and the Anthropologists, was recently published by Simon & Schuster. But his action is also a skirmish in a much longer and very important debate over what it means to be human—a debate with consequences for the broader public discussion."
anthropology  controversy  human-nature  definition  ethnography 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Sex, Lies, and Separating Science From Ideology - Alice Dreger - The Atlantic
"Margaret Mead saw in Samoa the possibility of loosening social strictures on sexuality -- something she suggested could lead to more pleasure, and less pain and suffering. She and her work were attacked and discredited, but nearly a century later, questions of the motives and integrity of her dissenters remain relevant."
anthropology  gender  feminism  sex  scholarship  motivation  ideology  ethnography 
february 2013 by tsuomela
My Life as a Night Elf Priest | Savage Minds
"Well, it’s not too complicated: My Life As A Night Elf Priest by Bonnie Nardi is the best ethnography of World of Warcraft out there. And that’s not likely to change soon." Annotated link
book  review  ethnography  anthropology  virtual  world  games  online  information-science 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Towards a diachronic ethnography of media and actual social changes « media/anthropology
"n this paper I address the question of how to study media and social change ethnographically. To do so I draw from the relevant media anthropology literature, including my own research in Malaysia and Spain. I first sketch a history of media anthropology, identifying a number of key works and themes as well as two main phases of growth since the 1980s. I then argue that anthropologists are well positioned to contribute to the interdisciplinary study of media and social change. However, to do so we must first shift our current focus on media and ‘social changing’ (i.e. how things are changing) to the study of media in relation to actual social changes, e.g. the suburbanisation of Kuala Lumpur in the 1970s to 2000s, or the secularisation of morality in post-Franco Spain. This shift from the ethnographic present continuous to the ethnographic past tense simple (how things changed from A to B) – a move from potential to actual changes – does not require that we abandon our commitment to ethnography in favour of social history. Rather, it demands new forms of ‘diachronic ethnography’ that can handle the processual, finite logic of actual social changes."
media  change  social  ethnography  history  theory  media-studies 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Marxism, Liquidated | Savage Minds
Comments discuss the place of Marx in anthropology and social sciences.
anthropology  marxism  class  ethnography  banking  theory  comments  discussion  social-science 
march 2011 by tsuomela
@JohnPostill (Twitter)

I am an anthropologist (PhD UCL) specialising in the study of media. Currently I am Senior Lecturer in Media at Sheffield Hallam University and a Fellow of the Digital Anthropology Programme, University College London (UCL).
weblog-individual  anthropology  academic  media-studies  ethnography 
march 2011 by tsuomela
C.W. Anderson
I’m an ethnographer who studies the news, and how changes in technology, culture and economics are shaping journalism.
people  academia  media  journalism  ethnography 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Welcome! | Janet Vertesi
A Ph.D. graduate from Cornell University in Science and Technology Studies.
people  research  astronomy  sts  information  collaboration  ethnography  Mars 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Welcome to Researchware, Inc.
HyperResearch: Cross-Platform Qualitative Analysis Software: Code From Text, Graphic, Audio, or Video Sources
HyperTranscribe: Easy-To-Use Transcription Software: Supports Most Popular Audio and Video Formats
software  macintosh  windows  linux  qualitative  research  methods  ethnography  tools  transcription  analysis  via:agalloway 
june 2010 by tsuomela
"The Not-So-Hidden Politics of Class Online"
danah boyd updates her work on class/race divisions between users of Facebook and MySpace
facebook  myspace  class  online  culture  race  ethnography  social-computing  social  software 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Implications for design
Although ethnography has become a common approach in HCI research and design, considerable confusion still attends both ethnographic practice and the criteria by which it should be evaluated in HCI. Often, ethnography is seen as an approach to field investigation that can generate requirements for systems development
research  hci  ethnography  anthropology  design  information-science 
september 2008 by tsuomela

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