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Verbal Portrait and interview analysis

Jimmy Jones is a tall African American man, he stands about 6’7, or maybe a little bit shorter. He was dressed in a black and grey sweater, that matched his black slacks, with a white dress shirt underneath, on his feet he was wearing white tied up sneakers.  On his head he wore a hat that stated U.S. Marines Never Retired.  He had aloud voice that couldn’t not be mistaken it could be heard from awhiles away.  Some of his language was a little tough to read because he was from a different era so they had different slang..  All together like I stated before he was a large man so he had large hands and feet that went along with the rest of his body.

1. The context of this interview was friendly for me I felt that I connected with him very well as he did with me.  When answering the questions he seem to look at me every time, although I felt like some of the interviewers were nervous things started to open up later on in the interview.

2.There was many meanings behind our recorded words in our interview.  Jimmy Jones is one of few people who are left in this area from the times before, and during segregation he is a walking history mannuel of that time period, so his words and accounts from that time period are very important.  His words and descriptions, can really help us get a experience of what went on in that time period.  My informants opinons, come from his experiences at C.M. Eppes High School, and from what he has put together through the C.M. Eppes Alumni Association.

3.The informant speaks in a very friendly manner there maybe only a few gaps and thats because of memory maybe , his tones would get loud when he would get excited about something .

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One Response to “Verbal Portrait and interview analysis”

  1. Wynton,
    This is a good start for the assignment; however, you’ll need to expand to 300-500 words for this an other Discovery Writings. In your revision, work to create a more detailed verbal picture. What does his face look like? I should be able to pick him out in a crowd after reading your descriptions. Also, what is his personal history? These may be places you want to look harder in today’s meeting.
    Also, I want you to more fully explore question #2 on p. 306 as this is a cornerstone to writing ethnography (and a requirement for the ethnographic essay). You must state and reflect on your and your informants’ positioning, both fixed and subjective and the power relationships that exist, not from Mr. Jones’ perspective, but from your own. What power (and knowledge) did each of you hold and how did that impact the interview relationship?


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