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Unformatted text preview: the observers in Kitchen Stories , Ted participated in the everyday activities of his subjects. In this way, the people felt more comfortable going about their lives while being observed. I also feel that this gave him a better view of the culture as a whole. Obstacles within the anthropologist also present themselves. It is natural that some people have ethnocentrism. They may believe that their way of life is superior to that of the culture they are studying. This would bias their results and create a poor understanding of said culture. Anthropologists need to familiarize themselves with culture-neutral terms and etic concepts and view have cultural relativity. Speaking from a non-biased standpoint can be one of the most challenging tasks in anthropology. Though it may be challenging to overcome the obstacles associated with becoming a great anthropologist, the outcome can very much be worth the effort....
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- Spring '08