FJ Revision (376)

As we discussed in class, the Fieldwork Journal instructions have been revised.

I. Go to the assigned neighborhood. Explore it for at least two hours.

II. Find a spot to sit. Now observe all that is happening around you. Note the built space, the sounds, the smells, the people. “Sketch” the space using vivid, descriptive language. You do not have to write in grammatical sentences. The purpose of this activity is to portray the enviroment in a creative, spontaneous and incisive manner. Perhaps you’ll focus on a particular person, a storefront, the flow of pedestrian traffic. You are painting, and your pigments consist of adjectives, verbs, and nouns. Try to capture the character of the space. The best way to do this is with a small notebook and pen or pencil. 

III. Go home. Type it up. Add comments that situate your sketching into a social-cultural context.  If Part II privileges spontaneity of perception, Part III emphasizes reflecting on those perceptions.

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