Anthr 102 Lecture Notes 3

Anthr 102 Lecture Notes 3 - Fieldwork and Participant...

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1 Fieldwork and Participant Observation Lecture 3 What is fieldwork like? Malinowski, Argonauts of the Western Pacific (1922): “Imagine yourself suddenly set down surrounded by all your gear, alone on a tropical beach close to a native village, while the launch or dinghy which has brought you sails away out of sight.” Reed, Papua New Guinea’s Last Place
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2 “Cowboy and Maria in Town” (1991) “Imagine yourself suddenly set down” in a maximum security prison A. Exciting B. Frightening C. Upsetting or traumatic D. Lonely E. Glamorous/exotic Adam Reed’s research 14 months of daily research in Port Moresby
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Long-term residence It takes a long-term commitment Advantages: you learn very different things note: it’s not always possible to live “with” the people you study Ex: Reed couldn’t live in Bomana prison. So lived nearby, went there every day Language competence Reed interviewed the prisoners in Pidgin Often takes years to master local language note: not all fieldwork requires speaking a foreign language Inductive Reasoning
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2008 for the course ANTHR 1400 taught by Professor Riles, a during the Spring '08 term at Cornell.

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