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This panel asks both how emotional processes can be studied ethnographically and what emotions come up in the course of doing fieldwork. We will look at the range of emotions which arise in fieldwork, from fear and despair to elation, from frustration with research participants to deep attachment. How do these emotional experiences shape our ability to endure in the field and do good work? How do we manage and record them? Given the interactional nature of emotion, how do we properly account for our own feelings while studying those of our research participants?
Panelists recommend readings to start the conversation (see description below.)
Arlie Russell Hochschild, is an emerita sociologist at UC Berkeley who has long been interested in the sociology of emotions. Her books include The Managed Heart, Strangers in Their Own Land, The Second Shift and a collection of essays called So How’s the Family. She’s currently finishing a book to becalled Left Behind: pride, shame and race in an Appalachian town.
Erika Summers-Effler is Associate Professor of Sociology at Notre-Dame. Her work focuses on the micro dynamics of persistence and social change. She is the author of Laughing Saints and Righteous Heroes: Emotional Rhythms in Social Movement Groups (2010). She has written methodological articles on how to attend to emotion in fieldwork and more recently on the implications of mirror neurons for ethnographic work (with Justin Van Ness). Her current book project is titled Fishing in Healing Waters: Engaging Emotions, Bodies, and Community in Fishing Programs for Healing from Trauma.
Ana Villarreal is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of the sociology of emotions, urban inequality, violence, and drugs with a regional emphasis on Latin America. Her book The Two Faces of Fear: Violence and Inequality in the Mexican Metropolis is under contract with Oxford University Press.
Tim Black is professor of sociology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the author three award winning books: When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On and Off the Streets(Pantheon 2009); On Becoming a Teen Mom: Life Before Pregnancy, with Mary Erdmans, (California 2015), and It’s a Setup: Fathering from the Social and Economic Margins, with Sky Keyes (Oxford2021). Black is currently working on two books: a study of reenteering citizens from an alternative incarceration facility in Cleveland, and a follow up book to his first, now an ethnographic study of 33 years.
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Tim Black recommends:
Chapters 10 and 11 from his classic When a Heart Turns Rock Solid, an ethnography of three Puerto-Rican brothers over 18 years of fieldwork. While there are lots of examples of emotions in fieldwork in the chapters, it is the transition from Chapter 10 to Chapter 11 that dramatically illustrates the issue.
Erika Summers-Effler recommends:
1 - The Methods Appendix to her book Laughing Saints and Righteous Heroes, which uncovers the hidden emotional rhythms that keep people engaged in social movements or on the contrary lead them to drop out.
Ana Villareal recommends:
1 - Villarreal, Ana. 2022. “The Logistics of Fear: Violence and the Stratifying Power of Emotion.” Emotions and Society 4(3):290–306. doi: 10.1332/263169021X16518516966303.
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Stephen R. Barley is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Technology Management at the College of Engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara. He is also the Richard Weiland Emeritus Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Barley co-founded and co-directed the Center for Work, Technology and Organization at Stanford's School of Engineering from 1994-2015. He was editor of the Administrative Science Quarterly from 1993 to 1997 and the founding editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review from 2002 to 2004. The Oxford University Press published his latest book, Work and Technological Change, in 2020.
Virginia Leavell is Assistant Professor in Organisational Theory and Information Systems at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Before returning to academia to study technology, work and organisations, Virginia worked for more than a decade as a political organiser, educator, fundraiser, and consultant for non-profits and labour organizations in the US and Thailand. In her previous career she founded several organisations, including a popular education and retreat centre in rural Virginia and Washington DC-based political consultancy. Virginia studies the relationship between organisational anticipation and digital technologies. In her research she asks two questions: 1) How do organisations use digital technologies to predict and plan for the future? and 2) How do ideas and information about the future influence organisational structure and action in advance of technological change? She has explored these questions in the context of organizations that manage infrastructure, including in a 3-year ethnography with two water agencies.
Mark de Rond is Professor of Organizational Ethnography at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He is interested in how people experience the world and act in it, typically in (relatively) extreme contexts. His fieldwork has involved extended periods with doctors and nurses at war, Boat Race crews, a ragtag band rowing the Amazon, peace activists, and pedophile hunters. Join him and others at the Bohemian Writers Club (bohemianwritersclub.org).
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Moderator: Zachary Levenson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Levenson studies the politics of eviction in postapartheid South Africa. His work is based on a decade of fieldwork in land occupations and informal settlements in Cape Town, and his book Delivery as Dispossession was released in April 2022 on Oxford University Press.
Presenter: Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Professor of Individualized Studies and Sociology, New York University
Baiocchi is interested in questions of politics and culture, critical social theory, and cities. He has cultivated a distinctly political ethnography, which he has deployed in his fieldwork in Brazil, the US, and elsewhere. He is the author of numerous books, the most recent of which, co-authored with Jake Carlson, is Housing Is a Social Good, forthcoming from University of Chicago Press.
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Doing Digital Ethnography
April 8, 10 am PT / 1 pm ET
(co-hosted with Rutgers Digital Ethnography Working Group)
Beaulieu, A. 2010. “Research Note: From Co-Location to Co-Presence: Shifts in the Use of Ethnography for the Study of Knowledge.”Social Studies of Science 40 (3): 453–70. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306312709359219.