Lecture 04 Method in cultural anthropology

Lecture 04 Method in cultural anthropology - Lecture 4...

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Lecture 4 outline 09/06/11 Culture and society Culture: traditions and customs transmitted through learning . Society: organized life in groups. Culture is uniquely human, whereas humans share society with other animals, such as ants and bees, etc. Ethnographic approach The ethnographic approach is to study a local setting by first-hand personal experiences. Ethnographers try to understand the whole of a particular culture, given limitations of time and perception. In pursuit of this holist goal, ethnographers usually spend an extended period of time living with the group they are studying and employ a series of techniques to gather information. The evolution of ethnography Bronislaw Malinowski (1884-1942) is generally considered the founder of ethnography. Salvage ethnography.
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Scientific accounts: accurate, objective, and systematic. Understanding the native’s point of view as the primary goal. All aspects of culture are linked and intertwined (thus it
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