doingculturalanthropology2

doingculturalanthropology2 - Doing Cultural Anthropology...

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Click to edit Master subtitle style Doing Cultural Anthropology
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Ethnography n written description and analysis of a  culture based on fieldwork
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Participant-observation n gathering data on living cultures by living  among the people n observe social interactions – relationships n engage in as many activities as possible n approval of culture n ethical considerations
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n long, long time n interaction of cultural systems
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n consultants – people through whom the  anthropologist learns about the culture n explain key aspects of the culture n introduce anthropologists to the community n help to establish social relationships n 1st encounter w/community should be neutral  (not very intrusive)
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Early ethnographies n small, homogeneous cultures n Why?
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The ranking of cultures
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Franz Boas n father of American  anthropology n rejected the  ethnocentrism apparent  in earlier works n emphasized fieldwork
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Boas’ theoretical contributions n cultures are produced by their own  histories
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Boas’ theoretical contributions n all cultures have equal capacities for  culture
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Boas’ theoretical contributions n NO culture is more or less civilized than  another
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