Culture and Ethnography Top Ten Terms • Culture (2 definitions) -• (Old definition): the system of learned beliefs and customs that characterize the total way of life for a particular society. • (New definition): the acquired knowledge that people use to interpret their world and generate social behavior. • Culture is arbitrary • Ethnography - • The written product of anthropological fieldwork • Participate observation -• An anthropologist's primary methodology. It is defined by practices of participating in the society (including having conversations and interviews with the people) and observing behavior and interaction. It usually involves long-term research. • Informant or consultant -• A person from whom an anthropologist acquires data. It includes direct statements (verbal or oral evidence) interactions with others in the society (both oral and behavioral, and non-verbal information). • Methodology -
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