Round Table with Paul Willis, John Borneman, and Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi
"Ethnography of Work/Play"
Co-sponsored by the Princeton Department of Sociology and the Rutgers Department of Anthropology
Location: 219 Aaron Burr Hall
Date/Time: 02/25/11 at 2:00 pm - 02/25/11 at 6:00 pm
This round table takes up a number of issues surrounding the ethnography of "work" and "play". The central questions driving the discussion are the following: How are these concepts articulated and differentiated from one another in various social and cultural contexts? To what extent might the notions of "work" and "play", as well as their associated practices, interpenetrate one another? What moral/ethical values are invested in work/play in relation to the development and fulfillment of the self? How have different disciplinary traditions approached the study of "work" and "play"? What are the specific contributions of ethnographic methods to the study of "work" and "play", as opposed to other methods in social scientific research, and in contrast to the ethnography of other cultural domains and social institutions such as politics, religion, or education?