More Ethnography Projects

Invisible: Narratives on Homelessness in Revelstoke, by Melissa Jameson


What does it mean to be homeless in a rural community? While the issue of homelessness in urban centres has captured much attention, we know much less about the conditions and experiences of the rural homeless. Melissa Jameson’s photovoice ethnographic project, situated in Revelstoke, BC, allows us to peek into the homes and shelters of people whose lifestyles are much too often ignored.  The photographic images captured by her study’s participants reveal unique worlds and provide us with vivid understanding.

Craft Beer Informs Identity and Community

Craft Beer

From her research on the resurgence of consumer interest in handcrafted goods, Angela Anderson-Blunt produced the audio documentary Craft Beer and Community.  She looks at how the rise in local craft beer informs social identities and community among those who make and consume it.

Cell phone use apps: study participants encouraged to use phones less

Cell phone apps

Sara Korajian’s research into apps that monitor cell phone use was featured on CTV Morning Live Ottawa and The apps' unique functions range from measuring the number of times a cell phone is unlocked to amount of app use and where, to deterrence of overuse. Korajian’s study participants concluded that beating their previous day’s scores became a personal goal.

Photo credit: Sarah Abbott

Riddles for Rupees, by Kim Yarmuch

Riddles for Rupees

“On day 1 in Mumbai the first child came to the cab window, a young boy of about 8.  Uncomfortable and emotional doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt,” Kim writes on her website. “I tried to do what you’re generally encouraged to do, to ignore them and not give any money, because begging is a business and all other manner of badness. But I find it hard to outright ignore any human being requesting my attention, let alone a child.” View and hear Kim’s stories of encountering begging children in India, and what she learned from these encounters.

All You Can Eat: Goan Cultural Feast, by Jason Chau

Food is an essential element of life, and therefore of culture. When he journeyed to India for his supervised fieldwork course in 2010, Jason Chau understood that to get a sense of Indian cultures he had to make sense of some their foods. In this magazine-style essay Jason gives us a flavorful taste of his efforts.

Food Trucks: A New Social Movement in the Culinary World

Food Truck

Food trucks are not just a phenomenon or fad, but a new social movement in the culinary world and a vibrant foodscape community.  Tara Hall’s article in the Burlington Gazette, an online newspaper, presents the history and contemporary culture of the gourmet food truck movement.

Photo credit: Sarah Abbott