Innovative Ethnographies

Series Editor: Phillip Vannini

The purpose of this series is to use the new digital technology to capture a richer, more multidimensional view of social life than was otherwise done in the classic, print tradition of ethnography, while maintaining the traditional strengths of classic, ethnographic analysis.

  • Schooled on Fat

    What Teens Tell Us About Gender, Body Image, and Obesity

    By Nicole Taylor

    Obesity has dominated popular media as one of the most pressing issues of the new millennium. In the US, high rates of obesity, and by extension, fat people are often blamed for rising health-care costs and a weakening of national security. What does it mean to be considered fat during a time when…

    Paperback – 2015-12-21 
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  • In Solidarity

    Friendship, Family, and Activism Beyond Gay and Straight

    By Lisa Tillmann

    In Solidarity: Friendship, Family, and Activism Beyond Gay and Straight shows what being an ally (in this case to LGBTQ+ persons and communities) requires, means, and does. Through prose, poetry, performance text, and film, the work takes readers inside relationships across sexual orientation and…

    Paperback – 2014-12-12
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  • Off the Grid

    Re-Assembling Domestic Life

    By Phillip Vannini, Jonathan Taggart

    Off-grid isn’t a state of mind. It isn’t about someone being out of touch, about a place that is hard to get to, or about a weekend spent offline. Off-grid is the property of a building (generally a home but sometimes even a whole town) that is disconnected from the electricity and the natural gas…

    Paperback – 2014-11-14
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  • Beads, Bodies, and Trash

    Public Sex, Global Labor, and the Disposability of Mardi Gras

    By David Redmon

    Beads, Bodies, and Trash merges cultural sociology with a commodity chain analysis by following Mardi Gras beads to their origins. Beginning with Bourbon Street of New Orleans, this book moves to the grim factories in the tax-free economic zone of rural Fuzhou, China. Beads, Bodies, and Trash will…

    Paperback – 2014-07-14
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  • My Father's Wars

    Migration, Memory, and the Violence of a Century

    By Alisse Waterston

    My Father’s Wars is an anthropologist's vivid account of her father's journey across continents, countries, cultures, generations, and wars. It is a daughter's moving portrait of a charming, funny, wounded and difficult man. And it is a scholar's reflection on the dramatic forces of history, the…

    Paperback – 2013-08-05
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  • Water in a Dry Land

    Place-Learning Through Art and Story

    By Margaret Somerville

    Water in a Dry Land is a story of research about water as a source of personal and cultural meaning. The site of this exploration is the iconic river system which forms the networks of natural and human landscapes of the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. In the current geological era of human…

    Paperback – 2013-02-19
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  • Concrete and Dust: Mapping the Sexual Terrains of Los Angeles

    By Jeanine Marie Minge, Amber Lynn Zimmerman

    Concrete and Dust focuses on the performative nature of sexualized identity in Hollywood, the people that live in its underbelly and surrounding valleys, the sexual geographies of the place, and the ways in which sexual agency is mapped on the body and in consciousness. The cultural turn in…

    Paperback – 2012-12-11
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  • Digital Drama

    Teaching and Learning Art and Media in Tanzania

    By Paula Uimonen

    The aim of this book is to explore digital media and intercultural interaction at an arts college in Tanzania, through innovative forms of ethnographic representation. The book and the series website weave together visual and aural narratives, interviews and observations, life stories and video…

    Paperback – 2012-04-12
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  • Ferry Tales

    Mobility, Place, and Time on Canada's West Coast

    By Phillip Vannini

    The purpose of this rich and innovatively presented ethnography is to explore mobility, sense of place and time on the British Columbia coast. On the basis of almost 400 interviews with ferry passengers and over 250 ferry journeys, the author narrates and reflects on the performance of travel and…

    Paperback – 2012-01-20
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