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October 11, 2017
Sharika Thiranagama
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Wildavsky Conference Room,
2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)

Based on fieldwork with Dalit (formerly known as Untouchable castes) and non-Dalit agricultural laborers, and their landlords in communist party strongholds in Kerala, I explore the transformations of rural localities from workplaces to neighborhoods. In the rural neighbourhood, “public/private” residential life emerges from work relations where caste continues to permeate interactions.


Center News

Summer Workshop in Qualitative Research Methods

This summer, 12 undergraduate and graduate students from across the US and Puerto Rico participated a six-week workshop hosted by the Center for Ethnographic Research. They received mentorship, hands-on research experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using qualitative methods from Jocyl Sacramento and Josh Seim and numerous guest speakers.


Older Adults in a High-Crime Neighborhood

CER Affiliate Elena Portacolone and colleagues have a new article in Gerontologist  (2017). The article, “’I Feel Trapped’: The Tension Between Personal and Structural Factors of Social Isolation and the Desire for Social Integration Among Older Residents of a High-Crime Neighborhood,” analyzes the factors contributing to the social isolation of older residents of a high-crime neighborhood through the in-depth examination of their lived experiences. 


Featured Books

Burning Dislike: Ethnic violence in high school

by Martín Sánchez-Jankowski (University of California Press, 2016)

Violence at the Urban Margins

Javier Auyero, Philippe Bourgois, and Nancy Scheper-Hughes (2015)

The End Game: How inequality shapes our final years

by Corey Abramson (Harvard University Press, 2015)

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