Discuss on Critical Ethnography for Urban Planning Methods

Discuss on Critical Ethnography for Urban Planning MethodsThis 25-page paper constitutes the methods chapter for my dissertation, which uses an ethnographic approach to urban planning. It lies at the intersection of urban planning and sociology. It asks how “storytelling” as a method can advance our knowledge about the built environment. The research explores the lived experiences of Black trans women in the District of Columbia, an overlooked and understudied population. The researcher is non-trans nor Black but exercised methods that dismantle the researcher/participant hierarchy to gain access and build trust. Due to the difficult-to-reach nature of the studied population, snowball sampling was integral for recruiting participants. The ethnographies led the researcher to locate the physical site in the urban environment where the studied population assembled and formed a community. Moreover, the researcher asked participants to produce mental maps to visualize how they perceive the built environment and help planners further understand their lived experiences. Please focus on:– Storytelling as a method for spatial knowledge– Methods for understanding liminality and spaces of marginalization [subaltern and invisible social constituencies]– Accessing difficult-to-reach populations and snowball sampling– Importance of critical ethnography for urban planning methods– Mental mapping and psychogeography