Fieldwork and Ethnography Collection

Social sciences books on methodology, ethnography, and on-the-ground fieldwork on sale.

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Welcome to our hub featuring scholarship on ethnography, methodology, and on-the-ground fieldwork, where you can browse teachable podcast offerings and books on sale.

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BROWSE COLLECTION:

Cultivating Livability: Food, Class, and the Urban Future in Bengaluru Cultivating Livability Food, Class, and the Urban Future in Bengaluru Camille Frazier 2024 Spring
What urban food networks reveal about middle class livability in times of transformation
Good Boys, Bad Hombres: The Racial Politics of Mentoring Latino Boys in Schools Good Boys, Bad Hombres The Racial Politics of Mentoring Latino Boys in Schools Michael V. Singh 2024 Spring
The unintended consequences of youth empowerment programs for Latino boys
Knowing Silence: How Children Talk about Immigration Status in School Knowing Silence How Children Talk about Immigration Status in School Ariana Mangual Figueroa 2024 Spring
Learning from children about citizenship status and how it shapes their school experience
Unsettling Choice: Race, Rights, and the Partitioning of Public Education Unsettling Choice Race, Rights, and the Partitioning of Public Education Ujju Aggarwal 2023 Fall
How the Great Recession revealed a system of school choice built on crisis, precarity, and exclusion
Naked Fieldnotes: A Rough Guide to Ethnographic Writing Naked Fieldnotes A Rough Guide to Ethnographic Writing Denielle Elliott and Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer, Editors 2023 Fall
Creative and diverse approaches to ethnographic knowledge production and writing
Care without Pathology: How Trans- Health Activists Are Changing Medicine Care without Pathology How Trans- Health Activists Are Changing Medicine Christoph Hanssmann 2023 Fall
Examining trans- healthcare as a key site through which struggles for health and justice take shape
The Cactus Hunters: Desire and Extinction in the Illicit Succulent Trade The Cactus Hunters Desire and Extinction in the Illicit Succulent Trade Jared D. Margulies 2023 Fall
An exploration of the explosive illegal trade in succulents and the passion that drives it
Empirical Ecocriticism: Environmental Narratives for Social Change Empirical Ecocriticism Environmental Narratives for Social Change Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, Alexa Weik von Mossner, Frank Hakemulder and W. P. Malecki, Editors 2023 Fall
A groundbreaking book that combines the environmental humanities and social sciences to study the impact of environmental stories
Gut Anthro: An Experiment in Thinking with Microbes Gut Anthro An Experiment in Thinking with Microbes Amber Benezra 2023 Spring
A fascinating ethnography of microbes that opens up new spaces for anthropological inquiry
Settling Nature: The Conservation Regime in Palestine-Israel Settling Nature The Conservation Regime in Palestine-Israel 2023 Spring
Studying nature conservation in Palestine-Israel through the lens of settler colonialism
Rubber Boots Methods for the Anthropocene: Doing Fieldwork in Multispecies Worlds Rubber Boots Methods for the Anthropocene Doing Fieldwork in Multispecies Worlds Nils Bubandt, Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen and Rachel Cypher, Editors 2022 Fall
A methodological follow-up to Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet
Settling the Boom: The Sites and Subjects of Bakken Oil Settling the Boom The Sites and Subjects of Bakken Oil Mary E. Thomas and Bruce Braun, Editors 2022 Fall
Examines how settler colonial and sexist infrastructures and narratives order a resource boom
Native Agency: Indians in the Bureau of Indian Affairs Native Agency Indians in the Bureau of Indian Affairs Valerie Lambert 2022 Fall
What happens when American Indians take over an institution designed to eliminate them?
Castoffs of Capital: Work and Love among Garment Workers in Bangladesh Castoffs of Capital Work and Love among Garment Workers in Bangladesh Lamia Karim 2022 Fall
Dispelling stereotypes about garment workers in the global apparel industry
Meaningless Citizenship: Iraqi Refugees and the Welfare State Meaningless Citizenship Iraqi Refugees and the Welfare State Sally Wesley Bonet 2022 Fall
A searing critique of the “freedom” that America offers to the victims of its imperialist machinations of war and occupation
Afro-Sweden: Becoming Black in a Color-Blind Country Afro-Sweden Becoming Black in a Color-Blind Country Ryan Thomas Skinner 2022 Fall
A compelling examination of Sweden’s African and Black diaspora
Mediating Alzheimer’s: Cognition and Personhood Mediating Alzheimer’s Cognition and Personhood Scott Selberg 2022 Spring
An exploration of the representational culture of Alzheimer’s disease and how media technologies shape our ideas of cognition and aging
Food Allergy Advocacy: Parenting and the Politics of Care Food Allergy Advocacy Parenting and the Politics of Care Danya Glabau 2022 Spring
A detailed exploration of parents’ fight for a safe environment for their kids, interrogating how race, class, and gender shape health advocacy
Building on Borrowed Time: Rising Seas and Failing Infrastructure in Semarang Building on Borrowed Time Rising Seas and Failing Infrastructure in Semarang Lukas Ley 2021 Fall
A timely ethnography of how Indonesia’s coastal dwellers inhabit the “chronic present” of a slow-motion natural disaster
Commodities of Care: The Business of HIV Testing in China Commodities of Care The Business of HIV Testing in China Elsa L. Fan 2021 Fall
How global health practices can end up reorganizing practices of care for the people and communities they seek to serve
The End of the Village: Planning the Urbanization of Rural China The End of the Village Planning the Urbanization of Rural China Nick R. Smith 2021 Spring
How China’s expansive new era of urbanization threatens to undermine the foundations of rural life
Saving Animals: Multispecies Ecologies of Rescue and Care Saving Animals Multispecies Ecologies of Rescue and Care Elan Abrell 2021 Spring
A fascinating and unprecedented ethnography of animal sanctuaries in the United States
Arc of the Journeyman: Afghan Migrants in England Arc of the Journeyman Afghan Migrants in England Nichola Khan 2020 Fall
A monumental account of one migrant community’s everyday lives, struggles, and aspirations
Design, Control, Predict: Logistical Governance in the Smart City Design, Control, Predict Logistical Governance in the Smart City Aaron Shapiro 2020 Fall
An in-depth look at life in the “smart” city
Shaving the Beasts: Wild Horses and Ritual in Spain Shaving the Beasts Wild Horses and Ritual in Spain John Hartigan Jr. 2020 Fall
A vivid first-person study of a notorious equine ritual—from the perspective of the wild horses who are its targets
Drawing the Sea Near: Satoumi and Coral Reef Conservation in Okinawa Drawing the Sea Near Satoumi and Coral Reef Conservation in Okinawa C. Anne Claus 2020 Fall
How Japanese coastal residents and transnational conservationists collaborated to foster relationships between humans and sea life
Scammer’s Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica Scammer’s Yard The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica Jovan Scott Lewis 2020 Fall
Tells the story of Jamaican “scammers” who use crime to gain autonomy, opportunity, and repair
Unraveling: Remaking Personhood in a Neurodiverse Age Unraveling Remaking Personhood in a Neurodiverse Age Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer 2020 Fall
Developing a cybernetic model of subjectivity and personhood that honors disability experiences to reconceptualize the category of the human
Red Gold: The Managed Extinction of the Giant Bluefin Tuna Red Gold The Managed Extinction of the Giant Bluefin Tuna Jennifer E. Telesca 2020 Spring
Illuminating the conditions for global governance to have precipitated the devastating decline of one of the ocean’s most majestic creatures
On Not Dying: Secular Immortality in the Age of Technoscience On Not Dying Secular Immortality in the Age of Technoscience Abou Farman 2020 Spring
An ethnographic exploration of technoscientific immortality
Border Thinking: Latinx Youth Decolonizing Citizenship Border Thinking Latinx Youth Decolonizing Citizenship Andrea Dyrness 2020 Spring
Rich accounts of how Latinx migrant youth experience belonging across borders
Urbanism without Guarantees: The Everyday Life of a Gentrifying West Side Neighborhood Urbanism without Guarantees The Everyday Life of a Gentrifying West Side Neighborhood Christian M. Anderson 2020 Spring
A unique more-than-capitalist take on urban dynamics
Fair Trade Rebels: Coffee Production and Struggles for Autonomy in Chiapas Fair Trade Rebels Coffee Production and Struggles for Autonomy in Chiapas Lindsay Naylor 2019 Fall
Reassessing interpretations of development with a new approach to fair trade
From Montaigne to Montaigne From Montaigne to Montaigne Claude Lévi-Strauss Emmanuel Désveaux, Editor 2019 Fall
Two previously unpublished lectures charting the renowned anthropologist’s intellectual engagement with the sixteenth-century French essayist Michel de Montaigne
The Alchemy of Meth: A Decomposition The Alchemy of Meth A Decomposition Jason Pine 2019 Fall
Meth cooks practice late industrial alchemy—transforming base materials, like lithium batteries and camping fuel, into gold
Bad Film Histories: Ethnography and the Early Archive Bad Film Histories Ethnography and the Early Archive Katherine Groo 2019 Spring
A daring, deep investigation into ethnographic cinema that challenges standard ways of writing film history and breaks important new ground in understanding archives
Breathtaking: Asthma Care in a Time of Climate Change Breathtaking Asthma Care in a Time of Climate Change Alison Kenner 2018 Fall
People around the world are struggling to breathe. How do we care for asthma across environments that are increasingly unbreathable?
Herlands: Exploring the Women’s Land Movement in the United States Herlands Exploring the Women’s Land Movement in the United States Keridwen N. Luis 2018 Fall
How women-only communities provide spaces for new forms of culture, sociality, gender, and sexuality
The Denial of Antiblackness: Multiracial Redemption and Black Suffering The Denial of Antiblackness Multiracial Redemption and Black Suffering João H. Costa Vargas 2018 Fall
An incisive new look at the black diaspora, examining the true roots of antiblackness and its destructive effects on all of society
Black Boys Apart: Racial Uplift and Respectability in All-Male Public Schools Black Boys Apart Racial Uplift and Respectability in All-Male Public Schools Freeden Blume Oeur 2018 Fall
How neoliberalism and the politics of respectability are transforming African American manhood
Food Justice Now!: Deepening the Roots of Social Struggle Food Justice Now! Deepening the Roots of Social Struggle Joshua Sbicca 2018 Fall
A rallying cry to link the food justice movement to broader social justice debates
Into the Extreme: U.S. Environmental Systems and Politics beyond Earth Into the Extreme U.S. Environmental Systems and Politics beyond Earth Valerie Olson 2018 Spring
The first book-length, in-depth ethnography of U.S. human spaceflight
Power and Progress on the Prairie: Governing People on Rosebud Reservation Power and Progress on the Prairie Governing People on Rosebud Reservation Thomas Biolsi 2018 Spring
A critical exploration of how modernity and progress were imposed on the people and land of rural South Dakota
The Anti-Black City: Police Terror and Black Urban Life in Brazil The Anti-Black City Police Terror and Black Urban Life in Brazil Jaime Amparo Alves 2018 Spring
An important new ethnographic study of São Paulo’s favelas reveals the widespread use of race-based police repression in Brazil
When the Hills Are Gone: Frac Sand Mining and the Struggle for Community When the Hills Are Gone Frac Sand Mining and the Struggle for Community Thomas W. Pearson 2017 Fall
An overlooked part of fracking’s environmental impact becomes a window into the activists and industrial interests fighting for the future of energy production—and the fate of rural communities
The Construction of Equality: Syriac Immigration and the Swedish City The Construction of Equality Syriac Immigration and the Swedish City Jennifer Mack 2017 Fall
A compelling case study that traces the transformation of a Swedish city by an active and engaged immigrant community
Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Heather Anne Swanson, Elaine Gan and Nils Bubandt, Editors 2017 Spring
Can humans and other species continue to inhabit the earth together?
Juárez Girls Rising: Transformative Education in Times of Dystopia Juárez Girls Rising Transformative Education in Times of Dystopia Claudia G. Cervantes-Soon 2017 Spring
Through the voices of high school girls in Ciudad Juárez, understanding how education can promote self-empowerment and resistance against injustice and violence
Compulsory: Education and the Dispossession of Youth in a Prison School Compulsory Education and the Dispossession of Youth in a Prison School Sabina E. Vaught 2017 Spring
A groundbreaking look at America’s public education system through the lens of prison schooling
First Strike: Educational Enclosures in Black Los Angeles First Strike Educational Enclosures in Black Los Angeles Damien M. Sojoyner 2016 Fall
Challenging perceptions of schooling and prison through the lens of America’s most populous state
A Curriculum of Fear: Homeland Security in U.S. Public Schools A Curriculum of Fear Homeland Security in U.S. Public Schools Nicole Nguyen 2016 Fall
Winner: American Association of Geographers Globe Book Award for Public Understanding of Geography
The Slumbering Masses: Sleep, Medicine, and Modern American Life The Slumbering Masses Sleep, Medicine, and Modern American Life Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer 2016 Fall
An eye-opening look at why a “good night’s sleep” might be anything but
DIY Detroit: Making Do in a City without Services DIY Detroit Making Do in a City without Services Kimberley Kinder 2016 Spring
When public services fail, neighbors step in to keep a city alive
American by Paper: How Documents Matter in Immigrant Literacy American by Paper How Documents Matter in Immigrant Literacy Kate Vieira 2016 Spring
A richly enlightening look at literacy as lived experience
Made to Hear: Cochlear Implants and Raising Deaf Children Made to Hear Cochlear Implants and Raising Deaf Children Laura Mauldin 2016 Spring
The social consequences of the medicalization of deafness, as seen in the experiences of parents and professionals working with cochlear implants
Freegans: Diving into the Wealth of Food Waste in America Freegans Diving into the Wealth of Food Waste in America Alex V. Barnard 2016 Spring
Freegans, who try to live on what we throw away, reveal the limits of capitalism but also the limits of consumer activism in changing it
Wildlife in the Anthropocene: Conservation after Nature Wildlife in the Anthropocene Conservation after Nature Jamie Lorimer 2015 Spring
Considers the effects of the Anthropocene era on approaches to conservation
HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone HIV Exceptionalism Development through Disease in Sierra Leone Adia Benton 2015 Spring
Have HIV/AIDS-focused development programs ignored wider health crises in Africa?
The Art of Making Do in Naples The Art of Making Do in Naples Jason Pine 2012 Fall
An American anthropologist traverses the contact zones between organized crime and everyday life in Naples
Free Burma: Transnational Legal Action and Corporate Accountability Free Burma Transnational Legal Action and Corporate Accountability John G. Dale 2011 Spring
How Burma’s pro-democracy movement transcends its borders
Red Lights: The Lives of Sex Workers in Postsocialist China Red Lights The Lives of Sex Workers in Postsocialist China Tiantian Zheng 2009 Spring
A revealing and intimate study of rural Chinese women working in an urban sex trade