Anth 102 Notes

Anth 102 Notes - Anth102;WEEK2. 11:28:00 Anthfieldwork ,...

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Anth 102; WEEK  2. Studying Culture through Ethnography 26/01/2010 11:28:00 Anth fieldwork Participant observation, have to balance between both observer and  participant Live with the subjects See world thru their eyes Review Geertz definition of culture Culture is like a text, read and define its symbols etc Make sense of the meanings of things Geertz/Cockfight Seriously involved He makes sense of this activity Its about status They re-enact their daily struggle Nobody permanently loses anything, just a chicken What do others tell about ourselves? Apply concepts and techs Gaining insight about ones own culture Distancing  American ways Isn’t football like the cockfights
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Story about success Americans re-enact theirs daily struggles w football Happy meal o Gender based toys o Meat centered meal  Barbie doll o Conveys perfect girl o Actually physically impossible to look like this o **Not included in main notes part Emic/etic perspectives Emic: study of culture from insiders point of view (participant) Etic: study of culture from outsiders point of view (non-participant) Science     Detached observation/classification/explanation in our own terms 
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Not concerned w what locals tell you etc Be detached when observing Interpretive Cultural Anthropology     and experience of people from the insider’s or informant’s point of view Look to see what insiders know and say, not your own views/ideas Learning from people instead of studying people    Learn from them, don’t study them Ethnography/fieldwork     The method of discovery/interpretation used by cultural anthropologists Understanding another way of life from the native’s point of view Who was Malinowski?     Bronislaw Malinowski     
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* The “father” of modern fieldwork/ethnography used by most modern anthropologists *A famous Polish Anthropologist who did fieldwork in Papua New Guinea * His famous ethnography: People of Trobriand Islands *His masterpiece:  Argonauts of the Western Pacific  (1922) *He emphasized the role of participant observation in understanding other  cultures and changed the course of cultural anthropology * Most cultural anthropologists before him were armchair  anthropologists/theorists How to do Ethnography/ How to be an Ethnographer?     * Participate in the daily lives of the natives/locals * Live the life of the natives
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