In Ethnography in Today's World, Roger Sanjek examines the genre and practice of ethnography from a historical perspective, from its nineteenth-century beginnings and early twentieth-century consolidation, through political reorientations during the 1960s and the impact of feminism and postmodernism in later decades, to its current outlook in an increasingly urban world. Drawing on a career of ethnographic research across Brazil, Ghana, New York City, and with the Gray Panthers, Sanjek probes politics and rituals in multiethnic New York, the dynamics of activist meetings, human migration through the ages, and shifting conceptions of race in the United States. He interrogates well-known works from Boas, Whyte, Fabian, Geertz, Marcus, and Clifford, as well as less celebrated researchers, addressing methodological concerns from ethnographers' reliance on assistants in the formative days of the discipline to contemporary comparative issues and fieldwork and writing strategies.
Ethnography in Today's World contributes to our understanding of culture and society in an age of globalization. These provocative examinations of the value of ethnographic research challenge conventional views as to how ethnographic fieldwork is and can be conceived, conducted, contextualized, and communicated to academic audiences and the twenty-first-century public.
Roger Sanjek is a J. I. Staley Prize winner, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, and the author and editor of many books, including Gray Panthers, which is also available from University of Pennsylvania Press, as well as Fieldnotes: The Makings of Anthropology, Race (edited with Steven Gregory), and The Future of Us All: Race and Neighborhood Politics in New York City.
Preface PART I. ENGAGING ETHNOGRAPHY Chapter 1. Color Full Before Color Blind: The Emergence of Multiracial Neighborhood Politics in Queens, New York City Chapter 2. The Organization of Festivals and Ceremonies Among Americans and Immigrants in Queens Chapter 3. What Ethnographies Leave Out PART II. ETHNOGRAPHY, PAST AND PRESENT Chapter 4. Ethnography Chapter 5. Anthropology's Hidden Colonialism: Assistants and Their Ethnographers Chapter 6. The Ethnographic Present PART III. COMPARISON AND CONTEXTUALIZATION Chapter 7. Worth Holding Onto: The Participatory Discrepancies of Political Activism Chapter 8. Intermarriage and the Future of Races in America Chapter 9. Rethinking Migration, Ancient to Future PART IV. ETHNOGRAPHY AND SOCIETY Chapter 10. Politics, Theory, and the Nature of Cultural Things Chapter 11. Keeping Ethnography Alive in an Urbanizing World Chapter 12. Going Public: Responsibilities and Strategies in the Aftermath of Ethnography Notes References Index Acknowledgments