More Ethnography Projects

Indian cotton farmers maneuver between fair trade, Monsanto, and debt in search of better life

One of the most controversial cash crops in the world, cotton is heavily subsidized by developed countries and subsequently dumped onto markets, lowering world prices. Sasha Caldera talks to Indian cotton farmers in a small village near Halvad, Gujarat about the challenges they face and visits with members of a Fair Trade Co-operative based in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Article published in the Vancouver Observer.

When will I be a veteran?

On her retirement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Margaret Shorter grappled with what it meant to become a "veteran" through a reflexive ethnographic interview with Jane Hall, a fellow female veteran of the RCMP and author of The Red Wall:  A Woman in the RCMP.

Our Friendly Vancouver?

Friendly Vancouver
Frances Clarke and Tara Hansen, Royal Roads University students in the Intercultural and International Communications MA program, are on a quest to remake Vancouver's cold reputation. Gathering stories about friendliness in Vancouver, they are using them to counteract what they say are unfair stereotypes of the city in order to shfit the way citizens engage with one another. Clarke and Hansen have been setting up a booth at Nelson Park, in Vancouver's West End, to ask passers-by to share their stories of kindness or friendliness.

The forgotten workers of Little Rann

Commerce has played a central role in shaping Gujarati history since 3000 B.C.  And, amidst the shrubbery and arid climate, the salt plains of Little Rann (another word for small desert) are home to perhaps one of the most marginalized groups in the region. Sasha Caldera takes a close-up look at the young men who work in appalling conditions to supply India with salt in this article published in the Vancouver Observer.

Ethnopoetry: Reflecting on India


Ethnopoetics contains an aesthetic power that Lindz Marsh sought to harness to discover both the sensuality and spirituality of India; these haiku were created to allow her to absorb and express her experiences during a field study with the Centre for Environment Education, a NGO in Gujarat, India. For her, poetry is, at once, reflexive and creative, and provided a window to interrogate India’s cultural, social, political and economic contexts and their shifting relations.

Green in the Sea of Red

In the midst of the Canadian Football League’s off-season, three Calgary graduate students, Andrea Morrow, Jamie Ekelund and Jillian Hanson, set out to explore how the Saskatchewan Roughriders (Riders) fan base creates a sense of community, identity and culture within the city of Calgary. With one Albertan and two former Saskatchewanians on the team, this ethnographic research employed an insider and outsider approach.

Medicine Hat Community Inclusiveness Initiative, by Shalla Shaharayar

Royal Roads Intercultural & International Communications MA student Shalla Shaharayar is trying to connect newcomer professionals to the Medicine Hat community. 

Shalla's project assists in bridging the gap between the mainstream population and new Canadians by creating an awareness of issues or barriers, focusing mainly on the absense of a sense of belonging experienced by newcomers, and thus shedding light on the broader political and cultural context existing in Medicine Hat.

Look at My Canada by Brenda Mein and Kim Trynacity

Royal Roads University student's Brenda Mein and CBC’s Kim Trynacity spoke with six people who have chosen to make Canada their home, and discovered that a photograph can their expose deep and unique attachment to their new country, and reveal personal tales of hardship and hope.

The result of these conversation is “Look at My Canada,” and the photos taken are as unique as each participant’s story of arriving and living in Canada.