I’ll start NaBloPoMo with an update of school is going.

I’m loving my Thought & Praxis Course. It’s by far one of the most challenging courses I’ve taken because we read original works of theorists (whom all tend to write with the “jargon & intimidation mode of authority*”) and then we relate their works back to three subjects, “us vs. the other”, ethnographic authority and how the theorist might have analyzed the Chicago Heat Wave (book by Klinenberg). It really gets you thinking deeply and critically about the writings and theories.

My Qualitative Methods course is moving along nicely too. We’re working on a project to get an idea of what the general populations’ knowledge about antibiotic resistance, MRSA and C-Diff is. We collaboratively formulated an interview guide and this week we’re each working on doing two interviews. I did my first one night before last. I hadn’t done an interview in over a year and a half. I was “rusty” to say the least- but all-and-all it went well.
I’m working on transcribing it today, and while I don’t have to be as thorough as I have been in the past, it’s taking forever!

So, I’m off to transcribe…. more tomorrow (and the next day, and the next day… you get the point. NaBloPoMo)

The “jargon & intimidation mode of authority is an ethnographic mode of authority that I made up to explain the writing styles of certain theorists that use a lot of fancy language to make you think they have authority- when in fact, you cannot really question what they are saying because you cannot even begin to understand what they are saying.
I coined the term to describe James Clifford’s mode of authority in his work On Ethnographic Authority