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Month 7: A Tangible Plan

By • Jan 28th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Throughout January I have been outlining my thesis and the arguments I intend to support. I have selected examples from my ethnographic research in order to support these arguments with events I observed. I have now broken down the writing of my thesis into specific benchmarks throughout the semester. I hope to have a draft…
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Month Six: Connecting the Dots

By • Dec 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Throughout December my thesis has begun to come together. My thesis will most likely be broken up into three distinct sections. First, in order to understand the reasons behind the way Italians treat asylum seekers, we must know the context into which migrants arrive. Italy has a very complex relationship with migration, turning from a…
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Month Five: Continued Reading

By • Dec 3rd, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Throughout the semester I have been focusing on completing my bibliography. Due to the fact that my summer research required 24/7 ethnographic observation, and keeping up my fieldwork notes, I did not have much time to read books or articles on the subject over the summer. Thus, my first semester has involved rereading my field-notes…
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October

By • Oct 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As the year progresses I have been working on analyzing my data. This involves reading articles on my subject matter as well as writing ethnographic vignettes. The vignettes have been immensely helpful when I have been working through some of the concepts in my project. They allow me to recreate a scene from my research…
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Month Four: Gearing up for School

By • Aug 29th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Having completed the ethnographic fieldwork portion of my honors thesis during the summer, I am now faced with the task of analyzing my 200 pages of field notes. This is daunting to say the least, but I am excited for the opportunity to delve into my research. I observed many behaviors in Italy that surprised…
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Month Three: To be away from your home

By • Jul 25th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The month of July has been one of the most challenging for my research thus far. I have been in the country of Italy for the past seven months, during my spring study abroad semester leading into my honors project ethnographic research. The quantity of time I have spent in Italy has been more than…
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Month Two: Complexities

By • Jun 30th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Throughout the past month I have been able to further delve into my ethnographic research on the interaction between asylum seekers and locals in Siena, Italy. Siena’s small size as a city greatly effects the experience of asylum seekers. In the words of my host mother, “people are more closed here.” The asylum seekers can…
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Month One: Ethnographic Research

By • May 22nd, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I am currently on my third week of research for my honors thesis. I have been utilizing ethnographic field methods to observe the ways in which asylum seekers and local Italians interact. This means that I have to take extensive notes on my interactions with individuals who are working in the Italian “centro di accoglienza”, which deals…
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Interaction between Locals and Asylum Seekers in Siena, Italy

By • Apr 16th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My research intends to explore the experiences of asylum seekers in Italy through ethnographic research. I will be working with a non-profit in Italy which provides the required Italian language classes for asylum seekers. I will be volunteering in the classes as well as working in the office of the non-profit. Italy is the most…
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