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RUNNINGHEAD: Writing Assignment 1: The Ethnographic Perspective - Coming of Age in Samoa 1 ANTH 102 7981 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology University of Maryland University College Writing Assignment 1: The Ethnographic Perspective - Coming of Age in Samoa By Usifu Koroma Professor Susan Cody 11/13/2017
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RUNNINGHEAD: Writing Assignment 1: The Ethnographic Perspective - Coming of Age in Samoa 2 Introduction The Ethnographic Perspective - Coming of Age in Samoa demonstrating an ethnographic perspective Margaret Mead’s “Coming of Age in Samoa is a great detailed description of her time with these Samoan citizens and also happens to be her doctoral dissertation. Base on this concept, my paper is going to detail Describe briefly the impressions of the "fieldwork" described in Mead’s book, what it would be like to be in the field outside of your culture and Support my opinions with examples from the text. When it comes to demonstrating an ethnographic perspective Margaret Mead’s “Coming of Age in Samoa”, is a great detailed description of her time with these Samoan citizens and also happens to be her doctoral dissertation. Her fieldwork findings were written through a six-month period. Margaret Mead started this adventure with these Samoa people in 1925. Mead’s book is an example of a society and a culture, which was not affected by the problems of 20th century industrial America. Throughout Mead’s book, she focused her studies on Samoan woman and the differences between gender roles in this society. Mead also focused on the importance of the kinship systems and family. Mead’s work with the Samoan people was and still is a meticulous illustration of the dedication required for strong and accurate fieldwork findings.( Professor Note,2017) Area A: Topic 1 : Gender: First of all, to be able to better explain what I have taken from Mead’s work an overview of her fieldwork is much required. To begin my impression of the fieldwork in Mead’s book was overwhelming. The reason the fieldwork in the book was overwhelming because I never really understood how challenging it could be to perceive or explain one’s culture that differs from our own culture. As it is mentioned in our textbook, Small Places, Large Issues: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology, on page, 29, “the gender, age, ‘race’ and class of the anthropologist inadvertently influences the experience of fieldwork.” This was indeed the case in Margaret Mead’s
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