Table of Contents

You are invited to pick and choose from the modules or “chapters” listed below in any sequence that works for your research or for your course.

Introducing Cultural Inquiry
Defining Culture, Worldview, and Mindset
Considering Community
Becoming a Writer-Researcher
Rhetorical Strategies for Engaging Community

Framing Ethical Research
Conducting Human/Humane Research
Writing, Representation, and Authority
Considering Democratic Practices – Understanding Plagiarism
Ethical Conundrums in Community Research (add conundrums)

Proposing a Community Research Project Examining Culture as Text
Selecting a Research Site
Rhetorical Strategies for Research Proposals
Writing Community
Engaging the Community as Primary Source Development
Rhetorical Strategies for Writing Community

Examining Community through Theoretical Lenses
Place and Space
Ritual and Symbol
Identity and Reflexivity
Power and Politics

Researching Community with Academic Sources
Framing Your Research for Secondary Source Exploration
Searching for Sources
Sorting and Evaluating Sources
Summarizing Sources
Annotating Your Bibliography
Documenting Secondary Source Material

Writing Your Ethnographic Essay
Finding a Focus
Developing an Argument
Introducing Your Research
Selecting Examples and Evidence
Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Documenting Source Material
Concluding in a Meaningful Way
Reviewing and Revising Your Essay

Exploring Alternative Formats for Your Essay
Multimodal Composing

PopulaCity: Mapping Our City by Brianne Bolin (instructor) and students in Writing and Rhetoric II at Columbia College Chicago