This talk discusses efforts within the Center for Ethnography at University of California, Irvine (www.socsci.uci.edu/~ethnog/) to introduce interventions in the contemporary fieldwork projects of dissertation students in anthropology that probe the reflexivity of subjects, the translation of key terms and concepts, and the potential receptions of the project, while it is ongoing. These efforts share kinship with action research in business schools, with varieties of performance and conceptual art, and with design studio process.
Professor Marcus plays a leading role in critiquing cultural anthropology and challenging anthropologists to explore new forms of scholarship. He is interested in how the marginal, incomplete, and belated specialty of the cultural/ethnographic study of elites in anthropology has become the means of pursuing an anthropology of contemporary change in most topical arenas.
His books include:
He is the founding editor of the journal Cultural Anthropology, and in 2005 started a Center for Ethnography.
Among other projects, he is currently participating in a collaborative, team ethnography of and within the World Trade Organization.
This presentation adopts the metaphor of a critical bricoleur to focus on how the use of dialectical processes can enhance data analysis and interpretation of qualitative texts. It particularly examines the importance of embracing the inevitable contradictions among choice points, for example, broad versus narrow, descriptive versus political, and patterns versus processes as ways of providing opportunities for reorienting and reimagining the disciplines of organizational studies.
Professor Putnam's current research interests include dialectics and organizational conflict, discourse analysis in organizations, and feminist perspective on organizational communication. She is the co-editor of seven books, including Building Theories of Organization: The Constitutive Role of Communication (2009), Organizational Communication: Major Works (2006); The Sage Handbook of Organizational Discourse (2004), The New Handbook of Organizational Communication (2001), and Communication and Organization: An Interpretive Approach (1983).
Professor Putnam was a Regent's Professor and the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A & M University. She is a Past President of the International Communication Association and the International Association for Conflict Management and a past Board Member of the Academy of Management. She is the 1993 recipient of the Charles H. Woolbert Research Award for innovative research in communication, the 1999 recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association, the 2005 recipient of the Steven H. Chaffee Career Productivity Award, and a Fellow of the International Communication Association.