This course guide will help you find an ethnographic monograph on a particular African ethnic group or on an issue relevant to African Studies. This guide will get you started on your analytic paper.
"Ethnography is the recording and analysis of a culture or society, usually based on participant-observation and resulting in a written account of a people, place or institution".
Traditionally, ethnographies have focused on a particular group of people, such as The Nuer, or The San in Namibia but ethnographies can also focus on a particular aspect of contemporary society such as the meaning of a national headdress, tattooing, cooking rituals, social media, or fans of UNC basketball.
The concept of ethnography originated within social anthropology and provided in-depth case studies that served to inform and educate about global cultures and issues. Even if the case study is on a particular aspect of a society, anthropologists will place the study in a broader context providing a deep and nuanced account.
Tips for searching the library catalog:
Subject headings in combination with an ethnic group or cultural aspect: