Ethnography by Design: Scenographic Experiments in Fieldwork

Ethnography by Design: Scenographic Experiments in Fieldwork


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Ethnography by Design, unlike many investigations into how ethnography can be done, focuses on the benefits of sustained collaboration across projects to ethnographic enquiry, and the possibilities of experimental co-design as part of field research. The book translates specifically scenic design practices, which include processes like speculation, materialization, and iteration, and applies them to ethnographic inquiry, emphasizing both the value of design studio processes and "designed" field encounters. The authors make it clear that design studio practices allow ethnographers to ask and develop very different questions within their own and others' research and thus, design also offers a framework for shaping the conditions of encounter in ways that make anthropological suppositions tangible and visually apparent.

Written by two anthropologists and a designer, and based on their experience of their collective endeavours during three projects, Luke Cantarella, Christine Hegel, and George E. Marcus examine their works as a way to continue a broader inquiry into what the practice of ethnography can be in the twenty-first century, and how any project distinctively moves beyond standard perspectives through its crafted modes of participation and engagement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350071001
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/30/2019
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 7.67(w) x 9.67(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

George Marcus is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of California at Irvine, USA.

Christine Hegel is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Western Connecticut State University, USA.

Luke Cantarella is Associate Professor of Design, Pace University, USA.

Table of Contents

List of Figures viii

Preface x

Acknowledgments xii

Project Credits xiii

1 Introduction I

Part 1

2 On Scenography 13

3 Productive Encounters 27

4 Practices for an Ethnography by Design 55

Part 2

5 Unfolding a Process 71

6 A Workshop Model 99

7 Operations and Micro-strategies 115

Appendix: Games and Exercises 129

Bibliography 141

Index 149

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