Below are some basic categories for organizing your thoughts for the Weblog methods reflections:
• Choosing a site (our class, informants) • Getting permission • First visits/first impressions • Building trust and gaining rapport • New insights: 2nd and 3rd visits: a different understanding now • Writing it up: log/notes/assignments/final sections • Working with informants: those who helped, those who didn’t • Collecting information: logistics, appointments, note taking, etc. (what worked, what did not) • Different points of view (“structured watching/listening”): observing v. participating v. interviewing • Significant experiences: successful day (why?), failure (why?), breakthroughs, awkward moments, ethical questions • Final reflections on the process (treat this as conclusion): “doing fieldwork,” impact of your presence/position ("subjective/objective") on their behavior, thoughts on fieldwork in "adolescent culture"
Below are some further ideas from anthropologists in the field:
Very useful synthesis of field interviewing principles in ethnographic research:
If you are having trouble with Assignment #2: "personal memory/reflection": My Adolescent World," take heart and some craft from Sharon Lippincott, a self-described "ordinary" person, who discusses "The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing": http://heartandcraft.blogspot.com/
Not all fieldwork has to be done in primitive/traditional societies. Here's an interesting faculty/student fieldwork collaboration looking at the high tech cultures in the Silicon Valley of California: http://www.sjsu.edu/depts/anthropology/svcp/
...and a briefer statement by Tom Fricke, Director of the Center for the Ethnography of Everyday Life, at the University of Michigan. Professor Fricke explains how he came to do fieldwork with North Dakota farming families: http://ceel.psc.isr.umich.edu/projects/farmfamily.html
Katrina: wasted, plastered, smashed, hammered, and messed up (very intoxicated). "gay" i.e. "that's gay" "he's acting gay" "so freakin gay" etc - it basically means stupid or annoying or not fair depending on the context.
Gina: "Hooking Up" : is basically like someone you're not "dating" or "seeing" and doing anything more than kissing (at a party or whatever!) "Seeing Somebody": is when you meet somebody and you go on a few dates to get to know each other- basically "pre-dating" "Dating": comes after "seeing each other".. after a few dates you "officially ask somebody out.
Katrina's informants comment on Gina's: no values82 (9:25:22 PM): yeh but hookin up is like anything just makin out is hookin up Volcomskater124 (9:28:23 PM): Yah that sounds right but we dont say 'seeing sombody' really mobgrip98 (9:32:44 PM): yeah a lot of ppl hook up or the girl thinks its more but its not.
Gina Marie: ton of (online) abbreviations instead of actual phrases. examples: "lol" = laughing out loud "lmao" = laughing my ass off
Toni: bounce-to leave wifey-best girl friend for a girl boo-boy/girlfriend
Kathy: in addition to katrina's comment, my one informant uses the word "fag" a lot to describe people he doesn't like (which makes me cringe) also the purposeful misspelling of certain words like 'skool', 'kool', and probably others I can't think of
Brittany: OMG! OMG- Oh My God Retarded- that's/you're stupid Chillin'/coolin'- hanging out Smash- to have sex with Hit it and quit it- one-night stand Tap that- have sex with Trashed- drunk F***ed up- drunk/high Wifey- girlfriend Wife her- Marry her Knocked up- pregnant Peeps- your friends Off the hook/chain; that's what's up; that's hot; that's the shit- that's awesome You wildin'/buggin'- you're crazy What's good?- What's new? What's poppin'?- what's happening? This shit be poppin'- This is awesome Nah mean?- Do you know what I mean? Imma- I'm going to Yurp- yes Bangin'- cool In a minute- a long time Grip- get, grab Showin' some love- saying "hi" esp. commenting on myspace Stupid hard- be strong, play hard in a game Stoked- excited Mad beat- messed up
Kelly: "Snapping" means being proud of something accomplished, ex. I was snapping at my B-game (Ball game) "Styling" means lying. This one really gets me because the slang term styling in the 70's-80's meant that you thought you were dressed nice. I guess that's why the meaning changed after looking at how we dressed. lol "Burnt Out" means screwing up your life, making a bad choice/decision "I'm Out" leaving "WHATEVER" anything absence of actual problem solving or communication: to detach
Laurie: Beast: Cool/awesome/etc.
Gina Marie:My informants say that this isn't "teen speak" -it's their own way of communicating with each other, but not other peers. (they're kind of like a family)
-chillax : chill/calm down, relax -peace : goodbye -I'm gonna pee myself : I need to use the bathroom -back it up : get off of me -excuse you! : you're being ignorant -Hola instead of hello -more instant message/text language used in actual conversation : OMG, j/k(just kidding), ROFL(rolling on the floor laughing)
Lauren sent this and I'm assuming they all mean "drunk" or "out of it": crunk,tipsy,hammered, retarded, destroyed, shit faced,messed up, and sloppy jo
Sarah: Rockin- Wearing and looking good wearing something "Rocking the red dress"
Wifey to my gay female informant is her girlfriend. "Me and the wifey went to the mall"
Drunk off my ass - Really Drunk
ROFL-Rolling on the Floor Laughing
Ka: "Ya Heard"...Basically agreeing with what someone has said
"WTF" What the f***
"My Boo" Something your would refer to your girlfriend or boyfriend as