Journal of Northwest Anthropology
Sociology & Anthropology
This short essay describes a longitudinal ethnographic project on which I am embarking with successive coteries of students here at the University of Puget Sound. The essay starts with a discussion of the latent power of ethnography to cross thresholds of difference on a mission of empathy and understanding. I tie this mission to the legacy and definition of anthropological ethnography. In the second section of the essay, I discuss the fractious nature of the American polity, and the caricatures of rural Americans that I've encountered in the urban and academic environs of the west coast. In the final section of the essay, I discuss how student-led independent summer research projects endeavor to address these issues.
Special Publication #7
Gardner, Andrew (2023) Savages, Deplorables, and the Promise of Anthropological Ethnography. Journal of Northwest Anthropology. Special Publication #7: 6-12.