Ethnography, the root of which is from the Greek ἔθνος ethnos meaning “folk, people, nation”, is widely practiced in anthropology, sociology and other social sciences that focus on human communication or the study of cultures. In a process known as participant observation, researchers embed themselves in the communities in at least some kind of marginal […]
Catholic Relief Services [CRS] started piloting SenseMaker® in 2015, and has a wealth of knowledge, experience, and implementation advice that they will be sharing with us. They have travelled the world and worked with people most in need. The journey has not always been easy, but, in the words of Dr Maria Veronica Gottret, Senior […]
Yesterday I expressed concern about the abuse of the term ethnography. In particular when all that people are doing is some basic observation and interviewing. However full ethnography takes a long time and is very resource intensive. To situate an ethnographer into each community for a couple of years really isn’t going to work in […]
In Act I of A Midsummer Nights Dream Bottom is asked to play Pyramus, “a love that kills himself, most gallant, for love”. Although his preference is to play a tyrant he is willing and states “That will ask some tears in the true performing of it. If I do it, let the audience look […]
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