1-3 Ethnography

1-3 Ethnography - perspective ± cultural relativism ±...

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1 ethnography (n.) / ethnographic (adj.) ± ethnos = nation or group ± graphy = writing History of ethnography ± Missionaries ± Colonists ± Adventurers, etc… Missionary ethnographers: understanding “the symptoms of the disease” Bernardino de Sahagun (1500-1590) Colonial ethnography: cataloging the empire “Brahmin” (Col. Willoughby Wallace Hooper, 1865 ) “Mohana, Fisherman,” Sind, India (From the volume Peoples of India , 1865) “Natives of North India,” Lambert (Singapore, 1880).
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2 Salvage ethnography Edward S. Curtis, The North American Indian, published 1920. Caption: Eskadi Apache “A headman for one of the bands, and a particularly fine Apache type.” Caption: “The nose-ring and labret of beads are typical.”1910. Adventurers Modern anthropological
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Unformatted text preview: perspective ± cultural relativism ± avoids ethnocentrism ± avoids agenda Ethnographic field research in anthropology ± long-term commitment ± solitary ± starts with plan or a question – but this often changes 3 Method ± Participant-observation participant-observation ± Experiential learning ± Helps establish trust participant-observation ± The anthropologist’s “laboratory” = the real world. ± Less interested in appearances, than in patterns of thought, shared ideas, (taken-for-granted) assumptions . “Doing Anthropology” 4 What is ethnography good for? ± Resolving mysteries ± Fixing problems ± Getting results ± Seeing clearly… not just what but why and how....
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2009 for the course ANTH 002 taught by Professor Hines during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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