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Chapter 5 Methods in Cultural Anthropology
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What We Will Learn How do cultural anthropologists conduct fieldwork? What types of data-gathering techniques do cultural anthropologists use? What are some of the problems faced by cultural anthropologists that make fieldwork somewhat less than romantic? What ethical dilemmas do applied anthropologists face when conducting fieldwork?
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Common Issues in Fieldwork Gaining acceptance in the community. Selecting the most appropriate data- gathering techniques. Understanding how to operate within the local political structure. Taking precautions against investigator bias.
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Common Issues in Fieldwork Choosing knowledgeable informants. Coping with culture shock. Learning a new language. Be willing to reevaluate findings in the light of new evidence.
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Fieldwork The study of everyday life in the state of Bahia in Brazil (above) presents different problems and challenges to the field anthropologist than does the study of village life in Malawi (below).
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Participant Observation Cultural anthropologist Steve Winn conducts participant observation fieldwork in central Africa among the Efe of Zaire.
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Preparing for Fieldwork Obtain funding from a source that supports anthropological research. Take the proper health precautions.
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