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Week 4 Notes

by: Lexi Kazen
Lexi Kazen
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Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity
Jerome Camal

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Lecture notes from the 4th week of class.
Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity
Jerome Camal
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Lexi Kazen on Sunday September 27, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to Anthropology 104 at University of Wisconsin - Madison taught by Jerome Camal in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 35 views. For similar materials see Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity in anthropology, evolution, sphr at University of Wisconsin - Madison.

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Date Created: 09/27/15
O Armchair anthropology Burnett Tylor Salvage ethnography Boas Four elds Participant observation Malinowski Thick description and interpretation write very detailed eld notes that can then be interpreted later on Geertz Re exivity idea that anthropologists in the eld affect info they have access to and their own biases and thoughts impact their research become aware of the role you play in your own research Wiener Myerhoff Decide on research topic or a geographic area ie religion interested in Southeast Asia or Thailand or Ecuador etc enter graduate school with broad topic Literature review review everything that has been written about your potential topic and location may take 115 years to accomplish formulate a better research question to work on Language training know the language in the eld not ideal to use interpreters Initial network of local contacts people that will help you get going once you get into the eld go to conferences meetings networking events etc Preliminary eld visit start to build a network and test hypothesis get some preliminary answers to your question adjust research question appropriately ie go to Guadeloupe to talk about jazz and nobody wants to talk about jazz Revise and re ne research questions Develop research protocol How will you spend your time and for how long What time of year Who will you talk to Where will you go What will you speci cally do be detailed Under what circumstances How will you recruit people What will you do with downtime Why Get funding Get Institutional Review Board IRB clearance 0 Example Amanda and her Belizean research with resort employees Where should she conduct her interviews Let the employees decide Be concerned about the people you are working with put them in charge as much as possible 0 Anthropologist tool kit Passport visa vaccinations Pen Notebook Camera Audio recorder Laptop External hard drive for backups What do anthropologists do in the eld What does can social media and digital tools play in eldwork ie twitter IM internet eld is becoming uid What are the ethical challenges of conducting eldwork both online and of ine Finish discussion on eld methods What role can social media and digital tools play in eldwork Ethical challenges both on and of ine Review 0 History of eld methods Preparing for ethnographic study Qualitative vs quantitative data Solicited vs unsolicited data Participant observation essential tool in the eld NOT like being a y on the wall Pen and paper are most important tools in the eld 0 Capture as many details as possible in notes 0 Selfre exivity is very important ie how does being a racial minority OOOO impact the society around you and how you conduct your research 0 Interviews Qualitative Data 0 Structured Only learn what you want to learn about 0 Semistructured More favored by anthropologists Broad idea about a topic ie someone39s life story Let conversation ow to wherever it goes more open and natural know about things you didn t realize you didn39t think of o Informal conversations quotdeep hanging outquot See what matters to people you39re spending time with Important to do this learn more through this than through structured interview Zeros 0 Things that are signi cant that we don39t hear about but we know that they39re there can become object of the research itself 0 Example concept of time in French Guadeloupe the people in the society aren39t aware of it but this is an important feature of their society Surveys 0 Quantitative data 0 Break people into demographic groups or give physical surveys to people 0 Help to form our analysis of qualitative data 0 Mapping 0 Physical environment ie city block map what shops are where o Kinship and social networks not necessarily online see if there are networks that overlap or not 0 Photography and videography 0 Why can39t we just lm The act of writing helps you narrow down important information where lming captures everything both important and not Only see what is available to you through the camera screen don39t capture everything limits eld experience that you have What about Google glasses People act differently in front of a camera Takes a long time to watch the entire lm Technological problems occur 0 Need to make a selection of what you want to lm and what you don39t want to lm 0 Do no harm be careful about type of questions that you ask 0 Le anthropologist that wants to do research on a white supremacist gang D Where do you start Where do you stop Stop when the group will cause harm to someone do illegal activities Decide how much you are comfortable with address ethical concerns or refocus your research if necessary Informed consent 0 Should anthropologists be involved with the military 0 Most people answered quotyesquot 0 But locals might not trust you anymore 0 Can negatively impact your research 0 Military can use information against you Anonymity 0 Le Boellstorff used pseudonyms for everyone 0 How will your collaborators bene t from your research 0 How will you share the knowledge you gain from your eldwork


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