Fundamentals of Observational Research

Distilled from Eric Youngblood’s presentation on the Fundamentals of Observational Research available at epicpeople.org. Fundamentals of Observational Research Structured Observation: Why, Techniques, Tips Why observation? Challenge embedded assumptions Raise questions and hypotheses Fill in gaps From interviews; because people don’t observe their own lives Reveal overlooked details and patterns Pre-process data in the field Focus … More Fundamentals of Observational Research

Review Essay: Swedish Design, Addiction by Design, and DIY Style

Introduction Design is a peculiar aspect of the modern economy, figuring significantly into the production of the lived world, and often overlooked. Design, until recently, has been overshadowed largely by scholarly emphasis on aspects manufacture “production”, treated thoroughly by Marxist lenses of analysis. Design is peculiar both in terms of its sequence and kind of … More Review Essay: Swedish Design, Addiction by Design, and DIY Style

Article Comments: “Ethnography in/of the World System: The Emergence of Multi-Sited Ethnography”

In 1995, George Marcus wrote about the emergent propensity of scholars to explain and describe local cultural logics in a context of interconnected sites. In essence, local logics as explained only with respect to a system of cultural reproduction which extends beyond the specific location designated by some intensive, single-sited ethnographic work. (1995: 96). Marcus’ work has remained significant in modern anthropology, particularly as works regarding human and non-human interaction receives more scrutiny, both in the contexts of ecological anthropology, and more technologically-oriented work in design and material culture. … More Article Comments: “Ethnography in/of the World System: The Emergence of Multi-Sited Ethnography”

Book Review: Swedish Design, An Ethnography

Review: Murphy, K. 2015. Swedish Design: An Ethnography. Ithaca: Cornell University Press Murphy’s ethnography, Swedish Design, is a thoughtful analysis of the ways things are “designed to be political” or more generally, how things are “made to mean” (Murphy 2015: 2), and one of the first major ethnographic works in the anthropology of design. His … More Book Review: Swedish Design, An Ethnography