Anthro 1 Week 4 Notes
Anthro 1 Week 4 Notes Anthro 101
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ANTH 1 Fieldwork and the Ethnographic Method Fieldwork: Franz Boas: 188384 research with the Inuit (formally known as Eskimos) in the Canadian Artic. Bronislaw Malinowski: 191518 fieldwork with the Trobriana Islanders (off New Guinea) credited with introducing the ethnographic method of fieldwork. Ethnography: The systematic study of peoples and cultures. (2) The written results/product of research based on ethnographic fieldwork. From the Greek Ethnos: folk, people, nation Graphy: I write Key Informant: Member(s) of culture/society who works closely with anthropologists during fieldwork; someone selected and trained by the anthropologist and who helps anthropologist get a better understanding. May serve as a cultural broker. Often a marginal or liminal figure in his/her own host society. Informant may begin to see aspects of his/her own culture in a different way. Ethnographic Method=Participant Observation 1. Develop rapport and gain acceptance 2. Intensive fieldwork (long stays/overtime) 3. Learn language 4. Learn customs, behavior, norms, cultural rules 5. Gather information through observation, participation, interviews, life histories, etc. 6. Collect concrete data over a wide range of facts 7. Take field notes 8. Record, chronicle or document the fieldwork experience Comparative Method: Identify fundamental similarities of cultural pattering as well as differences with and between societies. Temporal Dimensions of Conducting Fieldwork: Synchronic: A study completed during a single intensive fieldwork session. Diachronic: The study of a people/place/culture over time through very longterm or multiple fieldwork sessions or by using the earlier studies of others.
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