Ethnographic Report Sample

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Due to these successes, I was elected to the New College Student Alliance as Food Service Representative to advocate for social justice, ecological consciousness and equity in the campus’ food supply. I attended weekly meetings with faculty, administrators, and food service staff to develop a call for campus dining service proposals that reflected our community’s values. During meetings and press releases, I was an active panel discussant that continuously had to negotiate multiple identities— student, teacher, staff, boss, colleague and subordinate. Through these experiences, I learned the art and challenges of shifting between multiple identities when negotiating access to stakeholders, informants and gatekeepers. I successfully built rapport…show more content…
I investigated the conjunction of capitalism and conservation by tracing the movement of specific cultivars, noted for their genetic diversity and cultural heritage through restaurants’, value chain. I explored the meaning of three ‘heirloom’ cultivars—tomato, rice, and coffee—in terms of biology and conservation, industrialization and modernity, and cultural memory and heritage. As primary investigator, I had a principal and central role in developing the interview protocol, data acquisition, data analysis and interpretation. I designed a multi-sited ethnographic research project as it would allow me to explore dichotomies of the local and the global. Over the course of three months, I conducted in-depth ethnographic interviews and participant observation at three restaurants with producers, restauranteurs and consumers. In doing so, the study traced heirlooms through circulations where value was added, appropriated, and distributed to explore their shifting status from resources to commodities. Multi-sited methodology taught me that objects that span more than one social world cannot be reconstructed by exploring one site or…show more content…
Marit Ostebo. Dr. Ostebo, who has extensive and long term experience conducting ethnographic research among the Oromo ethnic group in Bale, will accompany me during the initial fieldwork, and assist me in locating research assistants and gatekeepers. Her recent research on cooperatives in Ethiopia will also prove invaluable when navigating methodological limitations and understanding how interactions operate on the ground. I have also established relationships with Dr. Brenda Chalfin and Dr. John Richard Stepp to further work in political economy and environmental anthropology. Both professors offer unique expertise that will compliment this interdisciplinary research, prompt me in new directions and situate my findings in a global context. This support will help ensure success in all aspects of my research and has already been invaluable in guiding the refinement of my
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