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Narrative threads: ethnographic tourism, Romani tourist tales, and fiber art

Zajdel, Evan (2013) Narrative threads: ethnographic tourism, Romani tourist tales, and fiber art. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This thesis examines the need for the ethnographer to process their own emotions and experiences as part of the ethnographic experience. Specifically, it argues for the credibility of artistic expression resulting from fieldwork.
Drawing on the author’s experience during the 2012 inaugural "Romani Music, Culture, and Human Rights" study abroad program at the University of Pittsburgh, this thesis offers an analysis of five works of fiber art. Originally perceived by the author as separate from the thesis writing process, they became an integral part of thesis once they were recognized as the non-verbal processing of the my emotional response to events abroad and, therefore, essential components of the research process.
I argue that emotional processing is an integral part of writing an ethnography, for as the ethnographer works through their experiences, their understanding of the events changes, and this in turn impacts the ways in which the ethnographic is perceived and analyzed.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorHelbig, Adrianaanh59@pitt.eduANH59
Committee MemberRajagopalan, Mrinalinimrr55@pitt.eduMRR55
Committee MemberCommandaros, JoAnnacommandj@pitt.eduCOMMANDJ
Committee MemberSilverman,
Date: 18 December 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 19 November 2013
Approval Date: 18 December 2013
Submission Date: 6 December 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 76
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: anthropology, ethnography, fiber art, humanism, narrative, reflexivity, Romani Studies, study abroad, tourism studies, tourist tales
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2013 20:54
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:16


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