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Release: Nov. 29, 2001
Bedford/St. Martin's publishes new edition of Sunstein's 'Fieldworking'
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Bedford/St. Martin's Press this month published the second
edition of University of Iowa English and education professor Bonnie Sunstein's
"FieldWorking: Reading and Writing Research."
The 352-page textbook -- intended for a wide audience that includes composition
teachers and students, anthropologists, historians, teachers, community leaders
and writers -- represents the first ethnographic curriculum that focuses on
reading and writing. The first edition of "FieldWorking," which
is coauthored by Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater of the University of North Carolina
at Greensboro, was published in 1997.
The book, much of which was written with a grant from the UI's Obermann
Center, shows readers how to integrate skills for research, archival study,
interviewing, reading and writing. Each chapter introduces students to one
aspect of field research -- cultures, texts, people, places, language -- by
explaining specific research skills and offering short writing options (complete
with student examples) for trying them out.
For models of written research, the chapters include readings representing
different disciplines (fiction and poetry, anthropology, folklore, education
and journalism) and a range of voices (Horace Miner, Garrison Keillor Gloria
Naylor, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jan Harold Brunvand and Oliver Sacks). UI graduate
and undergraduate students wrote many of the other readings.
Sunstein, an associate professor in the UI English Department and the College
of Education's Division of Curriculum and Instruction, has also created a
website as a companion to the book. The site, http://www.fieldworking.com,
sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, serves as an additional resource
for ethnographic researchers across the country, allowing them to share their
work, discuss their data and explore new means of written expression. It also
provides teachers, students and other leaders of cultural heritage projects
with ready-to-use instruction materials.