B.A.T.A.M.


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The B.A.T.A.M. is an ethnographic film produced in 2005 by a Swedish anthropologist, Johan Lindquist. The film follows stories of two Indonesian female migrants-one a factory worker, the other a prostitute-on the Indonesian island of Batam. Watch the film and critique the film by responding to the question below: 1) the film claims itself as an "ethnographic" film. Discuss what makes it "ethnographic," as opposed to "non-fiction"
2)critique the film, considering ethical and political dimensions of the project. Discuss both a)ethical aspects of this ethnographic research: b) aspects of the research that are potentially ethically problematic
the film is avaliable on youtube with the link following

draw with lecture slides and readings provided in the attachment files
REQUIRED READINGS ARERequired Readings:
16. Deacon, D.; Pickering, M.; Golding, P. & Murdock, G. (1999) “Being an Observer” from
Researching Communications, pp.248-278, 372-387.
17. Klein, A.M. (1993) Selections from Little Big Men: Body Building Subculture and Gender
Construction. Albany: SUNY, pp. 11-29 & 281-289.
18. Hammersley, M. P. A. (1983) “Field Relations” and “Insider Accounts” from Ethnography:
Principles in Practice, London and New York: Tavistock Publications, pp. 77-126.
19. Buarque de Almeida, H. (2003) “On the Border: Reflections on Ethnography and Gender” in
Patrick D. Murphy and Marwan M. Kraidy (Eds.) Global Media Studies: Ethnographic
Perspectives, New York and London: Routledge, pp. 165-183.
20. Haig-Brown, C. (1988) Resistance and Renewal: Surviving the Indian Residential School,
Vancouver: Tillacum Library, pp. 21-22, 88-103, 138-144.
21. Bourgeois, P. (2007) “Confronting the Ethics of Ethnography: Lessons from Fieldwork in
Central America” in Antonius C.G.M. Robben and Jeffrey A. Sluka (Eds.) Ethnographic
Fieldwork: An Anthropological Reader, Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub, pp.288-297.



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