"Homework"

Hi everyone! As we are getting into more specific division of labor with the report drafting, I thought I would use @alberto 's “homework” term to start a thread to keep it all consolidated, as we all work towards a full draft.

My vision is to work our way through the TOC that @Jan and I put together. The next thing I would like to ask of you is initial “building blocks” for your first respective thematic sections.

For Poland (@Maniamana ): “self-reliance vs community”.
Mania, can you please write up the following:

  • operationalize the terms “self-reliance” and “community” in this ethnographic context. What do they mean in the Polish contexts? Are these etic concepts emergent out of the data, emic concepts articulated by the interviewees, or both? Are there etic dimensions to both of these terms that go beyond how the native informants are using them? (300-400 words)

  • What are the tensions between self-reliance and community for your informants? (300-400 words)

  • Can you please include 6-8 quotes illustrating this tension from your interviews (with a brief overview of the biographical information about the informant, and, if relevant for comprehension, the context of that juncture in the interview).

  • What historical context is important for us to understand that tension? (a paragraph or two / 500 words)

  • What is the literature by scholars (including Polish scholars) that is relevant for framing the discussion of this section? (It would be great to have a mini annotated bibliography here)

For the Czech Republic (@jitka.kralova ): “disillusionment and politics”
Jitka, can you please write up the following:

  • operationalize the term “disillusionment” in this ethnographic context. What does it mean in the Czech contexts? Is this an etic concept emergent out of the data, emic concept articulated by the interviewees, or both? Are there etic dimensions to this term that go beyond how the native informants are using it? (300-400 words)

  • What is the relationship between disillusionment and politics for your informants? In your initial insights report, you mention disillusionment with “formal” politics and representation. Is there a conceptual bifurcation between formal/informal or existing/aspirational politics? (300-400 words)

  • Can you please include 6-8 quotes illustrating this from your interviews (with a brief overview of the biographical information about the informant, and, if relevant for comprehension, the context of that juncture in the interview).

  • What historical context is important for us to understand this disillusionment? (a paragraph or two/500 words)

  • What is the literature by scholars (including Czech scholars) that is relevant for framing the discussion of this section? (It would be great to have a mini annotated bibliography here)

For Germany (@Richard @Djan ): “anger at elites”
Richard and Djan, can you please write up the following:

  • operationalize the terms “anger” and “elites” in this ethnographic context. Are we talking about anger as an affect, rhetoric, etc? What/who are the “elites” (and who is the arbiter of that)? In your insights report you mention government and management as “elites” linked with anger, and then scientific “elites” as linked with distrust. I would like to understand better where anger is sitting among other emotions and affects, and how fixed or fluid the category of “elites” is. Are “elites” an etic concept emergent out of the data, emic concept articulated by the interviewees, or both? Is there an etic dimension to “elites” that goes beyond how the native informants are using them? (300-400 words)

  • What are the dynamics of the anger at elites? Is it static, evolving, iterative, mitigated, broadly directed, etc.? (300-400 words)

  • Can you please include 6-8 quotes illustrating this tension from your interviews (with a brief overview of the biographical information about the informant, and, if relevant for comprehension, the context of that juncture in the interview). (a paragraph or two)

  • What historical context is important for us to understand that dynamic? (a paragraph or two / 500 words)

  • What is the literature by scholars (including German scholars) that is relevant for framing the discussion of this section? (It would be great to have a mini annotated bibliography here)

Thank you all! It would be great if we could discuss this “homework” at the meeting on Friday, and if you could aim to write this up by the end of next week – please let me know if the timeline on that is overly optimistic.

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Hey @rebelethno,

Just tested positive with covid this morning, it’s not too bad, but I am not feeling great.

Will take some days to rest, but once I am feeling better, I’ll get on it with the homework.

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Hope you feel better soon!

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Thanks for the roadmap, @Nica! On 2 July I am moving to Berlin for the summer and I have lots of bits and pieces to wrap up before I leave, so I’ll need a bit more time to do the write-up.

Also, I’ll be flying to Helsinki on Friday, so will have to miss this week’s Friday meeting. @Djan, can you attend to represent Team Deutschland?

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No problemo

Take care of yourself and feel better @jitka.kralova !

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NOTE: In the June 24 Ethnographers Meeting we decided that the deadline for these write-ups is July 7th

HOMEWORK ITEM: national surveys/resources on “trust” – @Jan can you please add the specifics as to what we want (what year ranges for surveys, how many, ideally, etc.)

For any resources related to “trust” there is now a dedicated Google Drive folder in our project drive – please upload articles/relevant files, and put references/links into the document titled “trust” – it’s basically our scrapbook for the time being.

@jitka.kralova are you feeling better yet? Wishing you a full and fast recovery!

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Hi @Nica,

Me, @Djan and @Maniamana met up to divide the work for the methodology (digi ethni) section. We came up with the following structure:

“Towards digital ethnography of public opinion”

GOAL: understanding people’s political choices and voting behaviour (in the context of covid)

1-General BASIC info on digital ethnography

2-How and why the initial Discussions on ER platform were replaced by in-depth ethnographic fieldwork.

3-PL, CZ, GER (how we designed our respective fieldworks)

4-Challenges to the comparative approach

  • aligning with the ER methodology - what are the limitations (JItka)
  • taking historical differences and socio-cultural contexts into account

We agreed to have the first draft ready by the 15th of July.

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thx!!!