LIFE HISTORY RESEARCH IN ANTHROPOLOGY
Spring 2004 – Th 6-9pm
WEEK 1 -January 15
WEEK 2 -January 22 Guest Lecturer: Bill Schneider – Introduction to life history based on oral history
WEEK 3 - January 29
Pruitt, Ida and Ning Lao T'ai-t'ai
1945 A Daughter of Han: The Autobiography of a Chinese Working Woman. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
WEEK 4 - February 5
1976 Drafts for a critique of historical reason. In Selected Writings. Rickman, H. P., ed. pp. 207-245. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
1935 Criteria for the Life History. New Haven: Yale University Press. pp.1-36.
1988 From the Stories of Life to the Life History: Historic Context, Social Processes and the Biographical Method. In Life History as Cultural Construction/Performance. Tamás Hofer and Peter Niedermüller, eds. Pp.451-473. Budapest: Ethnographic Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
WEEK 5 - February 12
1980 Tuhami. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
WEEK 6 - February 19
Linderman, Frank B.
1972 Pretty-Shield: Medicine Woman of the Crows. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
1988 Authoring Lives. In Life History as Cultural Construction/Performance. Tamás Hofer and P. Niedermüller, eds. Pp.133-178.
WEEK 7 - February 26
Research Ethics and the Human Subjects Research Review Process
1982 The Threat of the Stranger: Vulnerability, Reciprocity, and Fieldwork. In The Ethics of Social Research: Fieldwork, Regulation, and Publication. J. E. Sieber, ed. pp. 49-70. New York: Springer-Verlag.
Wax, Murray L.
1982 Research Reciprocity Rather than Informed Consent in Fieldwork. In The Ethics of Social Research: Fieldwork, Regulation, and Publication. J. E. Sieber, ed. pp. 33-48. New York: Springer-Verlag.
Appell, George N.
1988 Ethical dilemmas in anthropological inquiry: a case book. Waltham: Crossroads Press. (assigned selections)
1982 Harms, Benefits, Wrongs, and Rights in Fieldwork. In The Ethics of Social Research: Fieldwork, Regulation, and Publication. J. E. Sieber, ed. pp. 7-31. New York: Springer-Verlag.
WEEK 8 -March 4
1981 Aké, the Years of Childhood. New York: Vintage.
1996 The Way of Birds: Biographical Accounts of the Maturation Process. In Imagined Childhoods. pp. 91-118.
MID-TERM PROJECTS DUE: MARCH 11
WEEK 9 -March 11
Lukashkina, Tatiana Petrovna
Unpublished text in progress; posted on ERes.
WEEK 10 -March 25
Discussion of interviews and techniques for transcription.
Brown, Karen McCarthy
1991 Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn. Berkeley: University of California Press
WEEK 11 - April 1
1990 Life Lived Like a Story. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
Luborsky, Mark R.
1987 Analysis of Multiple Life History Narratives. Ethos 15(4):366-81.
WEEK 12 - April 8
Computer techniques for textual analysis, Lecture and Discussion.
WEEK 13 – April 15
WEEKS 13-14 - April 22-29
Student presentations and discussion of analyses.
REQUIREMENTS: participation in class discussion, in-class presentation, mid-term, final paper
MID-TERM PROJECT (20% of grade): Research project proposal for human subjects committee review
FINAL PAPERS (80% of grade): life history transcription plus analysis
Starting in approximately Week 7 you should begin work on collecting a life history. Part of your assignment will be to read about the cultural, social, historical and political background of your subject. Class meetings beginning Week 10 will involve discussion of interviewing, use of equipment, transcription procedures, and analysis. Basic "macro" programming techniques for computer-based text analysis will be covered during weeks 11 and 12. You will be expected to make a short presentation about the life history that you are collecting.