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Sociology 624, Fall 2015

Office: Rm. 415 Academic Bldg. (845-9706)

Professor: Kathryn Henderson

Soci 624 Qualitative Methods

Required Texts:
Contemporary Field Research (research) 2nd Ed
Emerson, Fretz, Shaw Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes (fieldnotes)- any Ed.
Denzin, Norman K
Interpretive Interactionism
Adele E. Clarke
Situational Analysis: .. After the Postmodern Turn
Kathy Charmaz
Constructing Grounded Theory
electronic Readings Packet in e-Campus
Recommended (distributed presentation in class)
Street Corner Society - any ed.
Burawoy, Blum, George, Gille, Gowan, Haney, Klawiter, Lopez, O'Riain & Thayer
Global Ethnography
Ain't No Makin' It - any ed.
Dubious Conceptions: Politics of Teenage Pregnancy
Recommended Reference Works:

Marshall & Rossman

Designing Qualitative Research - any ed.

Howard Becker
Writing for Social Scientists
Denzin & Lincoln
Handbook of Qualitative Research (HQR)
Denzin, Lincoln, Tihiwa Smith Handbook of Critical and Indigenous Methodologies

WEEK 1: Introduction and Orientation (Wed. Sept. 2)

Miner: "Body Ritual among the Nacerima"
Naryayan: "Participant Observation" from Women Writing Culture
Emerson: (Research) Preface, Introduction, Part 1 intro, ch 1-Geertz
Denzin: ch 1, "Interpretive Criteria in the Seventh Moment",
ch 2, "The Interpretive Point of View"
Clarke: ch 1: Pushing and Being Pulled Around the Postmodern Turn

WEEK 2: Ethnography of Qualitative Work (Wed. Sept 9)

* journal assignment- a day in your life- due
* IRB training certificate:
* ONLY those working on thesis, dissertation, publication, sensitive subject. (Sensitive subject matter
allowable for thesis/ dissertation, only): Submit IRB approval or IRB application
READ: Emerson (Research) ch 3-Atkinson
Emerson et al: (Fieldnotes) preface & ch. 1 & 2
Denzin: ch. 6: "Thick Description"
Clarke Ch 2: From Chicago Ecologies to Situational Analysis.
Charmaz: Constructing Grounded Theory ch.1.

WEEK 3: (Wed. Sept. 16) Ethics, alliances and politics

*silent observation due

From texts:
Emerson, (Research), Ch. 6 Baca Zinn, Ch.12 Leo
Emerson et al (Fieldnotes ) ch. 5
From electronic Reading Pack in eCampus (eRP)
Battiste. 2008. Research Ethics for Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Heritage:
Institutional and Researcher Responsibilities, in Denzin, Lincoln, Tihiwa Smith
Handbook of Critical and Indigenous Methodologies (henceforth HCIM)
Cannella and Manuelito, 2008. Feminism From Unthought Locations: Indigenous Worldviews,
Marginalized Feminisms, and Revisioning an Anticolonial Social Science, in Denzin,
Lincoln, Tihiwa Smith (HCIM above).
Denzin, "The Sixth Moment" (especially Feminist Communitarian Ethics)
Blee & Currier. 2011.Ethics Beyond the IRB, introduction in Qualitative Sociology, Special Issue on
Ethics Beyond the IRB. 34: 401-413 (and selected articles). Available through articles at TAMU
Library Website:

ASA Code of Ethics [reference] (ASA web page) (recommended)

WEEK 4: (Wed. Sept. 23) Observation, Power, and Access: developing an identity &
place in the field site
*genealogy due
Field study topic DUE
Emerson (Research) Ch 2 Wieder, ch. 9 Warren, ch. 11 Emerson & Pollner
Emerson et al (Fieldnotes ) ch. 3
Denzin: ch. 3 Securing Biographical Experience & Ch 4 The Interpretive Process
eRP: Dunbar, 2008. Critical Race Theory and Indigenous Methodologies,
in Denzin, Lincoln, Tihiwa Smith (HCIM above).
Fine, Tuck & Seller Berkman. 2008. Do You Believe in Geneva? Methods & Ethics at the
Global-Local Nexis, in Denzin, Lincoln, Tuhiwa Smith (HCIM above)
WEEK 5: (Wed. Sept 30) Interviews in Context

*exploratory interview due

Emerson (Research) ch. 4: Hammersley, ch.5: Goffman, ch.8: Kondo, ch.10: Thorne
Emerson et al (Fieldnotes ) ch. 4
Denzin: ch 5: "Situating Interpretations"
eRP: Weiss, Learning from Strangers, ch. 4
Ellis, Kiesinger, Tillmann-Healy: Interactive Interviewing
Krog, Mpolweni-Zanysi, Ratele. 2008. The South African Truth and Reconciliation
Commission (TRC): Ways of Knowing Mrs Konile in Denzin, Lincoln,
Tihiwa Smith (HCIM above).
Fontana & Frey, Interviewing... ch 22 HQR (recommended)

WEEK 6: (Wed. Oct. 7) Learning from Exemplary Studies I: critique of a classic

* field site access progress report due, (1 page statement)AND your consent form
Whyte, Street Corner Society (chapter presentations dispersed throughout class)
eRP: Street Corner Society Revisited (Jrnl. of Contemporary. Ethnography in

WEEK 7: (Tues Oct. 14) Analyzing Data I, Grounded Theory

Charmaz: Constructing Grounded Theory chs. 3-6
Emerson et al (Fieldnotes ) ch. 6
eRP: Strauss and Corbin, Grounded Theory (selections)
From Strauss & Corbin, Grounded Theory in Practice:
Charmaz: "Identity Dilemmas of Chronically Ill Men"
Star & Bowker: "Of Lungs & Lungers: Classification: Tuberculosis"

WEEK 8: (Wed. Oct. 21) Analyzing Data II, Epistemology and Alternatives
1st set field notes from your study site due

Emerson: Becker: "The Epistemology of Qualitative Research &"Tricks of the Trade"
Denzin: ch. 7: "Doing Interpretation"
ch 8: "Conclusion: On Interpretive Interactionism"
eRP: Tomaselli, Dyll, & Francis, 2008. Self and Other: Auto-Reflexive and Indigenous
Ethnography in Denzin, Lincoln, Tihiwa Smith (HCIM above).
Adams and Holman Jones, 2008 Autoethnography is Queer in Denzin, Lincoln,
Tihiwa Smith (HCIM above).
Recommended Barton, Bernadette. 2011. My Auto/Ethnographic Dilemma: Who Owns the Story
in Qualitative Sociology, Special Issue on Ethics Beyond the IRB. 34: 431-445.
Available through articles at TAMU Library Website.

WEEK 9: (Wed. Oct.28) New Turns in Theory and Methods I:

Situated Knowledge & Discourse

READ: Clarke: from Situational Analysis: Grounded Theory after the Postmodern Turn
ch 3: Situational Maps & Analysis
ch 4: Turning to Discourse(s)
eRP: Haraway: "Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism
and the Privilege of Partial Perspective"
Clarke, Friese, Washburn, eds. 2015. Situational Analysis in Practice: Mapping Research
with Grounded Theory-introductory chapters
Marshall & Rossman, Designing Qual. Research, handout to inform writing grant proposal

WEEK 10: New Turns in Theory and Methods II:

Situational Analysis and Issues in Mixed Methods (Nov. 4)

2nd set Fieldnotes for individual projects due with initial coding
*Grant Proposal methods section for your project DUE
Clarke, Friese, Washburn, eds. 2015. Situational Analysis in Practice: Mapping Research
with Grounded Theory-exemplary chapters
Denzin, Moments, Mixed Methods, and Paradigm Dialogs Qualitative Inquiry 2010 16:
419 originally published online 23 March 2010

Learning from Exemplary Studies II: methods/ theory comparisons

READ: selectively, choose one to report to class
(readings will be distributed among class members, covered collectively)
Burawoy, Blum, George, Gille, Gowan, Haney,
Klawiter, Lopez, O'Riain ,Thayer
Global Ethnography OR
Ain't No Makin' It OR
Dubious Conceptions: The Politics of Teenage Pregnancy OR

WEEK 11: (Nov. 11) New Turns in Theory and Methods II:

Visual Discourses, Methods plus Artifacts

3rd set of fieldnotes from your study site with coding due
READ: Clarke: from Situational Analysis: Grounded Theory after the Postmodern Turn
ch 6: Mapping Visual Discourses
eRP: Henderson: The Political Career of a Prototype
Winner, Can Artifacts Have Politics?
Fallows: "The American Army and the M-16 Rifle"
Recommended: Harper, ...Visual Methods Ch. 25 from HQR

Week 12: (Nov 18) Student presentations in class start (Nov. 18)
DUE: Rough outline of project paper based on major themes, thus far, supported with field
Be prepared to present your findings orally in class from here out: may be informal work- inprogress; should cover major themes found with supporting observations or quotations shared in a
handout or power point.

Thinking about closure and writing

Charmaz: Constructing Grounded Theory chs.7 & 8
Emerson et al (Fieldnotes) ch. 7 & 8
eRP: Coffey: "Romancing (read 'leaving") the field" & "Writing the Self"
Rossman & Rolls: "Presenting the Learnings ch. 8
Jones with Jenkins. 2008. Rethinking Collaboration: Working the Indigene-Colonizer
Hyphen, in Denzin, Lincoln, Tihiwa Smith (HCIM above)

Week 13: Nov 25 - Reading Day, no classes: work on themes, oral presentation, paper
Nov. 26


WEEKs 14 & 15: Dec. 2 & Dec. 9 Student Presentations continue

Due Monday Dec. 14, date of assigned final: Final Draft of paper.
(Degree candidates, paper due Friday Dec. 11)
Participation in discussion/reading presentation
Research Paper


Grade Scale
A 90 100%
B 80 -- 89%
C 70 -- 79%
D 60 -- 69%
F 59% & below

100% The sum of the parts is more

than the sum of the whole
Everything is important

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