Urban Field School this Summer at John Jay College in NYC

8 April 2016

Urban Field School Ethnography & the Urban Experience: Millennials, Youth Crime, and Work in the Inner City
ANT 295 (3W1) with Urban Ethnographer Professor Ric Curtis John Jay College’s Urban Field School is the only field school of its kind in the United States and is designed to train students from colleges and universities across the country in urban ethnography and other innovative research methods. Become immersed in an urban field site as anthropologists involved in hands-on learning about the problems and processes vital to the future of city life. Gain on-the-scene experience and develop expertise in mixed-method research methodologies that may include:

  • Participant-observation and direct observation
  • Geo-mapping
  • Respondent-driven sampling
  • Cultural expert interviewing
  • Writing and coding field notes
  • Rapid-assessment surveys
  • Photography for research and analysis
  • Video ethnography
  • Multi-method evaluation techniques: trend; impact; needs; & technology analyses

This summer, we will work on a research project that focuses on Mercer Sullivan’s classic, “Getting Paid”: Youth Crime and Work in the Inner City (1989). Following in Sullivan’s footsteps, students will participate in team research with their own updated study on “Millennials, Youth Crime, and Work in the Inner City” and will spend at least 30 hours in the field and 15 hours in a classroom setting. By the end of this intensive 3-week course, students will have designed, implemented, and participated in an urban field research project focusing on ethnographic methods of data collection. They will also have discussed various issues including theory, analysis, and ethics with their fellow students and instructors. The John Jay College Urban Field School provides students with a learning experience that links theories and concepts that are central to anthropology and other social sciences to the methods and techniques that anthropologists use to do their work and offers an excellent opportunity for personal and professional career development, including preparation for graduate school.