Ethnographer Mitchell Duneier to Speak at Mason

Posted: February 22, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mitchell Duneier, the Princeton and City University of New York urban ethnographer, will visit the Fairfax Campus Tuesday, March 7, to give a guest lecture and show his new film “Sidewalk,” which documents the lives of street vendors in New York City.

The free program will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Harris Theater.

“The film focuses on the challenge of applying ethnography to the study of marginalized, powerless populations and to ways of bringing them into the research as active participants in their own right,” says Steve Vallas, chair, Sociology and Anthropology.

“Sidewalk,” which was funded by the National Science Foundation, grew out of Duneier’s urban ethnography of the same name. The book received the 2000 C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Duneier received his PhD from the University of Chicago, and his research interests include urban sociology, poverty, social inequality and the moral economy of the poor. His first book, “Slim’s Table: Race, Respectability and Masculinity,” which was largely his dissertation, received the 1994 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award of the American Sociological Association. His dissertation research involved listening to the stories of men at a cafeteria in Chicago’s Hyde Park for four years.

A frequent editorialist in The New York Times, Duneier, along with Anthony Giddens and Richard Appelbaum, wrote the widely influential textbook “Introduction to Sociology,” published by W.W. Norton and now in its fifth edition.

The event is sponsored by University Life and several academic departments.

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