Ethnography

Ethnography - or field research - is a sociological method that explores how people live and make sense of their lives with one another in particular places. The focus might be on people and the meaning they produce through everyday interactions, or places, and the organizational logics that guide our activities. Columbia provides an enormously rich environment for ethnographic research. From ghettos to suburbs, NASA to Wall Street, doormen to prep schools, our faculty have deployed this method to make sense of the rich variety of social life, making contributions to the sociology of race, cities, organizations, work, religion, media, gender, community, and inequality.
 
FACULTY:
Peter Bearman, Courtney Bender (Religion), Elizabeth Bernstein (Barnard), Herbert Gans, Shamus Khan, Alondra Nelson, Adam Reich, Jonathan Rieder (Barnard), David Stark, Diane Vaughan, Sudhir Venkatesh
 
GRADUATE STUDENTS:
Ifeoma Ajunwa, Elif Alp, Althea Anderson, Nate Dern, Ryan Hagen, James Jones, Rosemary McGunnigle-Gonzales, Kristin Murphy, Joan Robinson, Clement Thery, Anthony Ureña
 
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RECENT DISSERTATIONS:
Danielle Lindermann (2010), in contract, University of Chicago Press
Harel Shapira (2010), in contract, Princeton University Press