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10/20/2010 at 6:08:27 PM GMT
Folklore and the Ethnosurvey
At AFS in Nashville I presented a paper on the use of a quantitative research method-the ethnosurvey-- in ethnographic research.  It is mixed methodology that combines survey research with ethnography, but if applied properly does not change the nature of the ethnographic interview.

I'm in the process of writing an article about this methodology, and I was wondering if there are folklorists out there who can give me specific examples of work that they've done (or are doing) where they've been asked to produce statistical data in addition to their ethnographic reports?

I ask because I would like to use examples beyond my own work with the ethnosurvey.  I would be willing to help the researcher craft an ethnosurvey that they could use in their own field work for folks who are willing to share their examples.


Debra Lattanzi Shutika

10/28/2010 at 3:40:17 AM GMT
Posts: 5

Hi Debra,


I don't know how I missed your presentation at Nashville. I am very interested in combining ethnography and quantitative analysis.

I am doing dissertation field research in Kazakhstan on proverbs. For the first phase of my research I carried out a survey to determine commonly known proverbs among first and second year students at Almaty Polytechnical University. I took the datat and compared median and mean, calculated the standard deviation, as well as determining the t-test value, in order to evaluate whether the surveyed group functioned as a speech community.

With thequantitative work done, I have moved on to using qualitative methods. In particular, I am carrying out ethnographic interviews and having students reenact well known proverbs, so that I can better understand their performative meaning and significance.

Erik Aasland

Ph.D. Candidate at Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies

Erik Aasland
Doctoral Candidate at Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies
Co-Convener of the AFS Socialist and Post-Socialist Area Studies Section
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