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anthro2.1017 - Anthropology 2 Hines 10/17/07 Participant...

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Anthropology 2 Hines 10/17/07 Participant observation Cultural anthropology: only discipline devoted to participant-observations as its central research method 1. The method of cultural anthropology a. ethnographic fieldwork i. Franz Boas – father of American cultural anthropology Believed that you should go and engage with people first hand. Emphasis on fluency in language Antithesis of “arm-chair” anthropology Become norm of cultural anthropology b/c people realized benefits Wasn’t living among people full time – had a house separate from people Had translators if didn’t speak language b. participant-observation Primary research method of cultural anthropology Shift emphasis to a more pronounce and more engagement with people Live amongst people for extended period of time – At least one year Attempts to approximate patterns of life of people/s he is studying – Importance of language explain to people why they are there Informed consent – explaining project to people who you are studying or people
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