Queer Metropolis chronicles my research into gay life and community in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. I’m a PhD Candidate in Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working with Michael M. Bell of the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology. My work focuses on sexuality and race within queer communities. I started this blog to expand our conceptions of ethnography and take everyone a bit behind the curtain of how ethnographers practice their craft.
I’ll have generally have posts covering three categories:
- Fieldwork Scenes — These provide a snapshot of my ethnographic work, reworked from raw field notes to my published style.
- Analytical Memos — Qualitative sociology uses memoing to move from specific to theoretical. These track emerging themes, compare field notes with interviews, and bring in research literature.
- Method Matters — These posts go behind the scenes to discuss the practical business of conducting ethnography.
You can find out more about me at JasonOrne.com.