Lecture+2-1 - Lecture 2 Ethnographic Fieldwork Among all...

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Lecture 2 Ethnographic Fieldwork Among all the techniques anthropologists use, ethnographic fieldwork is the most distinctive. Introducing … Bronislaw Malinowski! His method: (1) cut yourself off from your own kind of people; (2) immerse yourself in the social world you’re studying. Then (1) find patterns, structures, “anatomy” of social life; (2) fill in the “details” of everyday life, the “imponderabilia,” through detailed observation; (3) collect a “corpus inscriptionum,” a set of telling examples. Do all this in order to “understand the native’s point of view.” Firsthand, personal study of particular cultural settings. Ethnography usually involves: Long-term residence in a community, Learning a new language (or a least new contexts of communication), Developing intimate relationships with people who are unlike you (and might not even like you, at first). And, if you do fieldwork in the right way, it will also involve constant humiliation. Insight comes, very often, at moments of awkwardness, misfit, and embarrassment. Unlike most social science research, ethnography relies heavily on the irrational and the
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