American Ethnography

Fri, 26 Jan 1996 11:07:17 -0500

I would usually forward my recommendations directly to the person who
requested them rather than to the list, but I deleted the original message.
I've taught several courses focused on American Ethnography and used
ethnographies of American communities in intro courses. Most of the titles
cited on this list so far are excellent. I'm going to include a few others
some of which may not necessarily be appropriate for intro level classes.
Cassell, Joan Expected Miracles: Surgeons at Work. Temple U. 1991
Edgerton, Rolbert Alone Together: Social Order on an Urban Beach. U. Cal 79
Fitchen, Janet Poverty in Rural America. Waveland reissued 1995
Fitchen's book is about a rural community in upstate N.Y.
Ginsburg, Faye Contested Lives: The Abortion Debate in an American Community
U. Cal 1989
Liebow, Elliot Tell Them Who I Am: The Lives of Homeless Women. The Free PressMoffatt, Michael Coming of Age in New Jersey: College and American Culture.
Rutgers U. Press, 1989.
Perin, Constance Belonging in America: Reading Between the Lines. U Wisconsin
Press, 1988.
Sanday, Peggy Fraternity Gang Rape: Sex, Brotherhood and Privilege on Campus.
NYU Press, 1990.
I would like to endorse the recommendation of Stack's All Our Kin. I think
Liebow's book would be an especially readable and revealing account for
intro students.