In this course we will describe diverse writing styles and ways for accounting and grounding the ethnographic work, emphasizing their strengths and weaknesses.
- We will rely on diverse “use cases” drawn from anthropology, pointing also to those HCI studies that attempted to address key methodological issues in “design ethnography”.
- We will focus on the reflexive approach, suggesting how HCI ethnography can value, rather than hide, the subjectivity of the fieldworker, also highlighting the importance of auto-ethnographic practices.
- We will explain how reflexivity can be used both in the recounting of the data from the field, and in the accounting of the collected data.
- We will highlight methodological opportunities through a hands-on session.
- What is ethnography?
- Methodological tools for conducting ethnographies
- A brief historical backdrop
- Ethnography and writing styles
- The realist style: How “objectivity” is constructed
- The reflexive styles: The role of the ethnographer
- Reflexivity as a tool for reporting uncertainty
- Reflexivity as a methodological criterion
- How to conduct a reflexive ethnography
- How to write a reflexive recount