Notes 2 - 5/16/07 writing methods...

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5/16/07 writing methods writing with sources (citing places) Chapter 5 – Methods in Cultural Anthropology Fieldwork - primary source of research – getting out there and collecting data themselves o Boas and Malinowsky – founders of fieldwork o 3 requirements for fieldwork Participant observation Rapport-trust Research in local language – making an effort shows that you want to be there and people will respect you more for that. You will also understanding the culture better because there wont be anything lost in translation. Research - long intensive periods of research Key informants – people who had the power to allow you to talk ot others like the pimps in the prostitute story from Sterk. Photography – both still and video o Can get an emic perspective if you let the people you are studying take the pictures because that will take pictures of what they value and get insight into what is important to them. Document Analysis o Diaries, newspapers, marriage, birth, death certificates Census Taking Interviewing Styles o Structured interviews – surveys, all informants are asked same questions in same order. o Unstructured interviews – open-ended questions are asked on a general topic Ethnographic Mapping o Attempting to locate people, material culture, and environmental features in space o Emic or Etic perspective Can ask people to map for you or you can do research and do it yourself. Preperation for research and fieldwork o Funding propose a research question. What happens to the individual as a researcher? Culture Shock – stress you get when you are not familiar to a normal place o Symptoms: Not wanting to leave room, boredom, feeling of isolation, irritability Biculturalism – being able to look at a culture through two different lenses 5/18/07 Missed Class 5/21/07 Native American Film tonight at 6-8:30 in Sobrato Commons C “From Rosebud to Dallas” Ferraro – Supernatural Beliefs - 14 World Religion – ecclesiastical traditions/cults – involve a full time, priestly community – always a full time leader o Follow idea of “monotheism” – one greater being o Animism – humans ancestors had beliefs in supernatural beings for at least 200 to 300 years – archeological evidence o Fraiser – earliest form is animism Belief in spiritual beings – animate and inanimate objects inhabit a soul or higher power
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What does religion do for people? o Explains the world – myths o Offers emotional comfort functionalist view o Encourages group solidarity – way to identify with a group / reduce conflict Why is it hard to study religion? o
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This note was uploaded on 05/15/2008 for the course ANTH 3 taught by Professor Luthra,sangeeta during the Spring '07 term at Santa Clara.

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