week 5 - This weeks readings included five definitions of...

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This weeks readings included five definitions of key terms used throughout American Studies, more importantly, the methods of American Studies. The last reading was a long and dreadful essay titled “Listening and Learning and Learning to Listen: Popular Culture, Culture Theory, and American Studies”. The title basically represents the essay itself: long, boring, and pretty hard to read. The beginning started off interesting about the musician asked just to listen to the music. But after that, it got a little more muddled up. I suppose the main point of the essay was that people need to really listen to what is going on, instead of getting caught up in minor details, and look (or listen) at things as a whole. The first definition defined was ethnography. Wikipedia defines it as “the genre of writing that presents varying degrees of qualitative and quantitative descriptions of human social phenomena, based on fieldwork.” In more lay terms ethnography is the writings about people and how they interact by actually studying them firsthand. Cultural and social anthropologists use ethnography to “study and
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course AMST 201 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Maryland.

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