Introduction Write a reflexive essay focused on the substance of Duneier’s Sidew

Introduction
Write a reflexive essay focused on the substance of Duneier’s Sidewalk. This essay has a clear and specific focus on a single piece of published research, and its aim is to demonstrate your understanding of the broader context within which Duneier’s research was carried out, and what he was able to understand by the end of it. In sum, this reflexive essay is supposed to help you consider your reactions, thoughts, what you feel you have learned, and how, overall, Sidewalk has altered your understanding of the topics examined by the author and, more generally, of the process of social research.
Instructions
In a brief essay of 600–800 words, address the following themes, and any others related to them that you judge to be relevant:
What do we know about Duneier’s social position and how it affected his research?
What kind of social environment is Greenwich Village?
What can be said about the life circumstances of the unhoused African-American men that Duneier studied, and about the challenges for the researcher to get to know them well?
What is the overarching sociological “ecosystem” that allowed the preconditions to be set for the emergence of book and magazine vending on Sixth Ave. by unhoused African-American men
Richard Duneier’s Sidewalk is a tour de force. It is a sensitive examination of a vulnerable population that offers readers tremendous insights into how an ethnographically-based case study is effectively and competently executed. In this activity, you will be reading the book, and then following this up by watching the associated film, also called Sidewalk, produced by Richard Duneier and New York photographer Ovie Carter. It is important that you read the book first, and then watch the film afterwards—not vice versa, because much that is in the film may seem unclear without the appropriate background.
The Sidewalk is broken up into 8 clips available on youtube.

Additional References
References premissible for use from the module are
Geertz, C. (1973). The interpretation of cultures. New York, NY: Basic Books.
Marcus, G. (1995). Ethnography in/of the world system: The emergence of multi-sited ethnography. Annual Review of Anthropology, 24, 95-117.
Madden, R. (2010). Being ethnographic: A guide to the theory and practice of ethnography. London: Sage.
Salzman, P. (2002). On reflexivity. American Anthropologist, 104(3), 805-813.
Simons, H. (2009). Case study research in practice. London, UK: Sage.