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1. Video: Prof. Brusi’s mini-lecture
2. Video: Robin Nagle talks about her anthropological work studying New York City trash
3. Video: Interview with anthropologist Christa Salamandra about her ethnographic fieldwork
4. Reading: Jason de León writes about his work at the border with Mexico in “The Land of Open Graves”
5. Video: Say hi to Prof. Burcu Ozdemir, our TA!
WHILE YOU WATCH THE MINI-LECTURE, LOOK FOR AND TAKE NOTES ABOUT:
1. What are the four fields in Anthropology?
2. What is ethnographic fieldwork? What is participant observation?
WHILE YOU WATCH NAGLE’S TED TALK, LOOK FOR AND TAKE NOTES ABOUT:
1. Robin Nagle’s work illustrates well the concept participant observation. How does she describe her ethnographic fieldwork?
2. What are three reasons Nagle gives for why sanitation workers are the most important labor force on the streets of NYC?
3. Who’s Paulie?
WHILE YOU WATCH THE INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTA SALAMANDRA, LOOK FOR AND TAKE NOTES ABOUT:
4. How does she describe her work?
5. Where does she do her fieldwork? Country? City? Setting?
6. How much time did she spend doing fieldwork every day?
7. Does she use participant observation (you learned this term watching the mini-lecture before)? How?
WHILE READING “THE LAND OF OPEN GRAVES” , LOOK FOR AND TAKE NOTES ABOUT:
1. This is part of an ethnography, a book based on ethnographic fieldwork. Where did De Leon carry out his fieldwork?
2. Anthropologists often use brief tales, or vignettes, from the field, to 1)give the reader a sense of place and 2)give the reader a sense of what the broader issue at stake is. As you read the first pages, try to find lines and fragments that help you do this.
3. These stories from the field are also used to lead the reader to or illustrate the central arguments the author wants to make. The broader argument of this book is built around a federal policy, PTD.
a. What is PTD?
b. What is the role of the desert in the implementation of PTD?