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EthnoSketch: Historicizing a Project

This sketch should include at least ten events that had significance in the historical build up to your project space -- from your perspective, and from the perspective of people in your various “divided vernaculars”.   It should also select a nodal year – like 1984 for my Bhopal...Read more

Field Works, La Plaza: Past and Present

I designed this field works trip as a way to allow for interested participants to analyze La Plaza as a case study for LA’s, and view it as a site of the visible intersections of environmental, cultural, socioeconomic, and urban vulnerabilities. One of the goals of this...Read more

Ethnographic Sketch, Core Categories

This ethnographic sketch explains in further details two of the central lenses that I use to view vulnerabilites at La Plaza: urban expansion/renewal and multiculturalism. Read more

EthnoSketch: Peopling a Project

On the "peopling" sketch, "catalysts" are things (money, honorable reputation, etc) that enable that group of people to get what they want. "Corrosions" are things that undermine their ability to get what they want (lack of money or status, youth, gender, poor organizational skills....Read more

Ethnographic Sketch, Timeline and List of Organizations

This timeline shows several events in La Plaza's long history that proved foundational in creating the current socioeconomic issues the district faces today. It also shows several La Plaza organizations, many of whom have competing interests and visions of La Plaza. Read more

Ethnosketch, Peopling a Project: CA Homeless

Peopling a project with LA Homelessness/Shelter BedsRead more

EthnoSketch: Mapping Subject Positions

In this sketch, compile statements made by a particular subject or type of subject you are studying.  On the left, list myriad forces and factors that compel or catalyze the subject to say these things (instead of some other things, as Foucault would say).  On the right, list what...Read more

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