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FOLK 009 301 Writing Ethnography

J. David
Seminar: Monday, Wednesday 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Requirements: Fulfills the College Writing Requirement

Americans often are thought of as the most individualistic of peoples: we live in residential areas where we often do not even know our own neighbors while single-person households are more and more common. Still we generally find ourselves as others around the globe do most fulfilled when we live our lives embedded in a rich community life. In this course students will learn to observe a community in action to research some of that community's historical background to identify the principles that form the heart and soul of that community and to listen to and record some of the community's expressive culture. We will focus on writing about this group in a compelling way that will be satisfying to our academic audiences to members of the communities with which we work and to ourselves.

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