Anthr 102 Lecture Notes 4 - I found the Geertz reading: A....

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1 I found the Geertz reading: A. Very difficult B. Somewhat difficult, but I basically got it C. Not that difficult D. I didn’t read it Field notes and Ethnographic Writing Lecture 4 Writing field notes
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2 The problem of description How to describe what you just saw? Jot down a quick list of what you would want to tell, explain, say, to give others a sense of what you witnessed Share your account with your neighbor and compare What questions do you have about what you saw? What more do you need to know to understand the event and describe it? What information do you need to make sense of the event?
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3 Geertz on the Problem “most of what we need to comprehend a particular event, ritual, custom or whatever is insinuated as background information before the thing itself is directly examined.” (p.9) Goal of ethnographic writing To convey the heart of the event to bring us in touch with the lives of strangers to clarify the actors’ account, reduce the puzzlement What details about the fight would you emphasize?
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4 Geertz on The Problem Any story, event, ritual involves a “multiplicity of
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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 University (Engineering School).

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Anthr 102 Lecture Notes 4 - I found the Geertz reading: A....

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