Class reading notes - Ethnography&Culture713ofS&M...

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02:59 Spradley argues that cultural anthropologists work differently when interpreting  culture. Culture is learned, shared knowledge that people use to generate behavior  and interpret experience Ethnography is the work of describing a culture Discovering the  insider’s view  is a different species of knowledge from one that  rests mainly on the outsider’s view, even when the outsider is a trained social  scientist. Naïve realism: The almost universal belief that all people define the real world of objects,  events, and living creatures in pretty much the same way. Culture: Helps shape the human experience: o What people do o What people know o What things people  make and use Culture as the acquired knowledge people use to interpret experience and  generate behavior Members of two different groups observe the same event, but their  interpretations are drastically different—Shakespeare in the bush—police  attacking/ helping the heart attack victim. Explicit Culture: o Makes up part of what we know, a level of knowedge people can  communicate about with relative ease. o
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2010 for the course GOV 38915 taught by Professor Edwards during the Fall '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Class reading notes - Ethnography&Culture713ofS&M...

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