Ethnographies are a staple of teaching cultural anthropology. Although creating learning activities for a new ethnography can be exciting, it can also be time consuming. Below is a list of ethnographies with learning materials to help spark ideas or facilitate adopting new ethnographies into your courses.
The list focuses on book-length ethnographies but there is a small section at the end for articles and films with teaching materials. The list was crowdsourced and contains a sampling of items available.
Organized Alphabetically by Press.
Canadian Scholars Press
Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Research Methodologies: Local Solutions and Global Opportunities, edited by Sumida Huaman, E. & Martin, Nathan D. (2020) https://www.canadianscholars.ca/books/indigenous-knowledge-systems-and-research-methodologies#tab_overview
- On the above press page, click on “Student Resources” – includes support for scholarly writing and study skills
Duke University Press
Loss and Wonder at the World’s End by Laura Ogden,https://www.dukeupress.edu/loss-and-wonder-at-the-worlds-end
- Teacher resources available at http://www.laura-ogden.com/teaching-resources
- Topics: Latin America, colonialism, environmental change, ethnographic writing
Exiled Home: Salvadoran Transnational Youth in the Aftermath of Violence by Susan Coutin, https://www.dukeupress.edu/exiled-home
- Teaching guide available at: https://www.dukeupress.edu/Assets/PubMaterials/978-0-8223-6144-2_501.pdf
- Topics – Central American Studies, Chicano and Latino Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, immigration, migration, violence, globalization, transnationalism, citizenship, nationalism, sociolegal studies, testimony, narrative, activism, and childhood
Staple Security: Bread and Wheat in Egypt by Jessica Barnes https://www.dukeupress.edu/staple-security
- Teaching guide with discussion questions, student activities, and additional resources for each chapter available at this link: https://www.dukeupress.edu/Assets/Downloads/staple-security-course-guide.pdf
- Topics: food security, agriculture, grain trade, household consumption, environmental anthropology, geography, development studies, Middle East
Indiana University Press
Staging Cultural Encounters: Algerian Actors Tour the United States by Jane Goodman, https://iupress.org/9780253049629/staging-cultural-encounters/
Teaching Resources: https://stagingculturalencounters.com
Living on the Spectrum by Elizabeth Fein https://nyupress.org/9781479864355/living-on-the-spectrum/– hyperlink on website to instructor guide
- Teacher Resources – features a chapter-by-chapter walkthrough of the book, plus suggested chapter discussion questions targeted specifically for different types of courses
- General topics covered: Autism, disability, youth, identity, ethnography, neuroscience
- “classes on research methods (particularly qualitative methods and ethnography), classes on the social study of neuroscience (sociology/anthropology of neuroscience, neuroscience and identity, critical neuroscience, psychiatric/medical anthropology, etc.), and classes on working clinically with people on the autism spectrum (for psychologists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, other health professionals, etc.)”
- Series- Anthropologies of American Medicine: Culture, Power and Practice
It Can Happen Here: White Power and the Rising Threat of Genocide in the US by Alex Hinton https://nyupress.org/9781479808014/it-can-happen-here/ – hyperlink on website to instructor guide
The New American Servitude: Political Belonging among African Immigrant Home Care Workers. (2019) by Cati Coe
- Teacher Resource – Accompanying film: “Stories from Home Care,” 13 minutes; Available at: https://doi.org/10.7282/00000097
- Topics – aging, care, US, domestic service, race & racism, kinship
Gendered Lives, Global Issues By Nadine T. Fernandez and Katie Nelson https://genderedlives.americananthro.org
- Teaching Materials: Includes discussion questions and some test bank questions
Oxford- Issues of Globalization Series
Cuban Color in Tourism and La Lucha By L. Kaifa Roland https://global.oup.com/ushe/product/cuban-color-in-tourism-and-la-lucha-9780199739660?cc=us&lang=en&– the teaching discussion questions appears at the end of each chapter
Labor and Legality: An Ethnography of a Mexican Immigrant Network by Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz https://learninglink.oup.com/access/gombergmunoz-student-resources#tag_all-chapters– discussion questions for each chapter
Marriage after Migration: An Ethnography of Money, Romance, and Gender in Globalizing Mexico by Nora Haenn
- Link to key concepts, additional readings, discussion questions, suggested activities – https://learninglink.oup.com/access/haenn-student-resources#all_resources
- Topics: international travel, dating and marriage, family, smallholding farming, household economies, youth culture, substance abuse, intimate partner violence, religion and healing, navigating globalization
Routledge – Taylor and Francis Group
Sensing the Everyday: Dialogues from Austerity Greece by C. Nadia Seremetakis (2019) https://www.routledge.com/Sensing-the-Everyday-Dialogues-from-Austerity-Greece/Seremetakis/p/book/9780367187767
- Teaching Materials – Videos that Accompany the Chapters
- TASTE and MEMORY, Video I
- TASTE and MEMORY, Video II
- TASTE and MEMORY, Video III
- EXCAVATING TIME and SPACE — A Two-Year Program of Public Anthropology
- Topics: senses, memory, physical disasters (earthquakes), anthropological theory, public knowledge, design of public multimedia participatory events, public anthropology
Rutgers University Press
Implementing Inequality: The Invisible Labor of International Development (2020) by Rebecca Peters
- Teacher Resources: https://www.rebeccawarnepeters.com/teach-implementing-inequality.html
- ethnography of an international development program in post-war Angola
- Topics: development studies, international affairs, contemporary Africa, and courses on organizations, especially NGOs, and labor.
Infected Kin: Orphan Care and AIDS in Lesotho (2019) by Ellen Block and Will McGrath, https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/infected-kin/9781978804746
- Teacher Resources https://www.csbsju.edu/sociology/faculty/anthropology-teaching-resources/infected-kin-teaching-resources
- Topics: HIV/AIDS, Medical Anthropology, Kinship, Care, southern Africa, Lesotho, ethnographic writing
Changes in Care: Aging, Migration, and Social Class in West Africa (2021) By Cati Coe
- Teacher Resources: Accompanying film: “Making Happiness: Older People Organize Themselves,” 11 minutes. https://doi.org/doi:10.7282/t3-thke-hp15
- Topics: aging, West Africa, kinship, care
- Series on Global Perspectives on Aging
Sage Research Methods Cases edited by Nathan Emmerich https://methods.sagepub.com/Cases
Example of 1 chapter
- Asha L. Abeyasekera. 2018. ‘Ethics and the Indigenous Anthropologist: The Use of Friendship in Ethnographic Fieldwork’. In N. Emmerich (Ed.), SAGE Research Methods Cases. London. [http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526438157]
- Teaching Materials – has a methods map and related content section
- Topics: Fieldwork, Feminism, Life history research, ethics
University of Alabama Press
Oktoberfest in Brazil: Domestic Tourism, Sensescapes, and German Brazilian Identity by Audrey Ricke https://www.uapress.ua.edu/9780817321642/oktoberfest-in-brazil/
- Teaching Materials – discussion activities and methods exercises associated with each chapter https://dhjhkxawhe8q4.cloudfront.net/alabamapress-wp/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/05132223/Teaching-and-Learning-Guide-by-Audrey-Ricke.pdf
- Topics: Brazil, identity, ethnicity, transnationalism, national imaginaries, performance, dance, gardens, sensory experience, German immigration, festivals, aesthetics
University of Arizona Press
Diabetes Among the Pima: Stories of Survival by Carolyn Smith-Morris
- Teaching Materials – click on the Facilitator Guide https://uapress.arizona.edu/book/diabetes-among-the-pima
University of British Columbia Press
Writing the Hamat’sa: Ethnography, Colonialism, and the Cannibal Dance by Aaron Glass https://www.ubcpress.ca/writing-the-hamatsa).
- Teaching Materials: 2004 documentary film (33 min.), In Search of the Hamat’sa: A Tale of Headhunting (DER:https://store.der.org/in-search-of-the-hamatsa-p743.aspx). The film summarizes the history of ethnographic representation of the Hamat’sa, looks at the reception of that material in communities today, and reflexively features the fieldworker/filmmaker connecting the two moments/processes. It fits with the book’s Prologue and final chapter, which is an ethnography of the reception of anthropological texts in First Nations communities today.
University of Colorado Press
Thanks for Watching: An Anthropological Study of Video Sharing on YouTube (2019) By Patricia Lange https://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/22465
- Teaching Materials – Chapter summaries, discussion questions, and supplemental materials https://upcolorado.com/component/k2/item/3798-thanks-for-watching-course-materials
University of Toronto Press
Fat in Four Cultures : A Global Ethnography of Weight (2021) by Cindi Sturtz Sreetharan, Brewis, Alexandra Hardin, Jessica A. Trainer, Sarah , and Amber Wutich.
- Teaching Materials: the appendix chapters discuss methodology and include interview questions.
Gringo Love: Stories of Sex Tourism in Brazil by Marie-Eve Carrier Moisan https://utorontopress.com/9781487594527/gringo-love/– has a discussion section at the end of the book
Light in Dark Times: The Human Search for Meaning by Alisse Waterston https://utorontopress.com/9781487526405/light-in-dark-times/ –
- Teaching Materials – press website has an Extra Content section with hyperlink to website – click on “engage” for discussion questions and teaching activities
- there are two sets of prompts (in the book itself and also on the book’s dedicated website): https://www.lightindarktimesbook.com/ (discussion guide and drawing exercises )
- These two sets of prompts are designed for anybody–a person doesn’t need to know how to draw well or be “artistic” to do these exercises. Like the graphic book itself, these two sets of prompts facilitate thinking and learning by means of several modalities
- Topics – sense of hope and excitement about the possibilities to transform the world
Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution By Sherine Hamdy and Coleman Nye/art by Sarula Bao and Caroline Brewer https://utorontopress.com/9781487593476/lissa/ website has an Extra Content section with hyperlink to website
University of Washington Press
Return to the Land of the Head Hunters: Edward S. Curtis, the Kwakwaka’wakw, and the Making of Modern Cinema by Aaron Glass and Brad Evans, co-editors.
- Teaching Materials – Accompanying Videos
- Aaron Glass, Brad Evans, and Andrea Sanborn, executive producers (https://www.curtisfilm.rutgers.edu/index.php) features extensive AV media and content related to the project and the film, and supplements the book with additional archival documents and photo “exhibits”.
- DVD release of the restored film, distributed by Milestone Films (https://www.curtisfilm.rutgers.edu/index.php), includes a documentary film on the restoration project, a complete recording of one of the live screening performances, and extensive archival media.
Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa by Katherine Dettwyler https://www.waveland.com/browse.php?t=24 – Instructor’s Manual Available – listed under the ISBN number
The Gebusi by Bruce Knauft with Anne-Sylvie Malbrancke https://www.waveland.com/browse.php?t=679; link under ISBN Number
Direct Link to instructor resources – https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/bknauft/gebusi/
Sexual Citizens: Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus by Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan
- Discussion resources page (https://www.sexualcitizens.com/discussionresources) has links to mini-lectures, tips for teaching the book to undergraduates as well as suggestions on how to do so in a trauma-informed way.
- Space toolkit page https://www.sexualcitizens.com/space-toolkit a resource intended for campuses to map and transform their social and residential space as a community-level strategy to enhance equity and prevent assault, but it could also be modified into a small group project to examine what sexual geographies look like on a campus.
- Press Link – podcasts and webinars https://www.sexualcitizens.com/presscoverage
- Topic: The book examines the social roots of sexual assault as well as the social organization of sexual behavior on an undergraduate residential campus in the US. It takes an intersectional approach to examining how power relations on campus produce contexts in which assaults can happen, but is also a deep dive into the experience of being an undergraduate in a highly stratified and intensely competitive campus environment.
Articles with Teaching Resources
Medical Anthropology Quarterly – Knowing Better? Epistemological Bounds in MAQ from 1975-2021 by Laura Meek
- Link to scholarly work with teaching resources at the end https://medanthroquarterly.org/teaching/rta/issue-3-knowing-better-epistemological-bounds-in-maq-from-1975-2021/
- Teaching Resources: discussion questions and 3 experiential learning assignments
Ethnographic Films with Teaching Resources
Hey Watch This! Sharing the Self Through Media (2020) By Patricia Lange
- Link to film: https://vimeo.com/394007182
- Teaching Materials: https://www.patriciaglange.org/page2/page2.html
The Rescue List, directed by Alyssa Fedele and Zachary Fink
- Teaching Resources – scroll down down for videos with filmmakers and anthropological accompanying articles
- Topic: Human Trafficking
Documentary Educational Resources (DER) – many of the ethnographic films have accompanying teaching materials
- Resources – https://www.der.org/resources/overview/ or alternately click on the resources and links tab under each film
- List of films with study guides – https://www.der.org/resources/study-guides/
- Interviews with filmmakers – https://www.der.org/blog/filmmaker-interviews/
Elemental Productions – directed by Robert Lemelson
- Study Guides available for films https://www.elementalproductions.org/afflictions-series – scroll down to see link to study guide for each film
- Topic: Mental Health, Psychological Anthropology, trauma
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