When it comes to ethnographies that have proven to be successful in the classroom, one of the most popular books that we’ve seen in the last two years is Made in Madagascar: Sapphires, Ecotourism, and the Global Bazaar. Now that the current semester is rolling to a stop and book orders for January courses are starting to appear, we thought it would be a good time to share the following video interview with the author, Andrew Walsh, who is an associate professor of anthropology at Western University.
Andrew was kind enough to answer the following four questions for us in his office at Western. If you’re an instructor who thinks closely about what kind of ethnographies to assign to your students and how they might relate to the concepts you introduce in the classroom, we know you’ll find his answers of interest:
Part 1: What was your inspiration for writing the book?
Part 2: Why Madagascar?
Part 3: Google Madagascar…?
Part 4: How can students relate?