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Justin Kucera Anthropology 101 .007 November 18 th 2010 Term Paper Assignment Respect: The Greatest Tool Applied anthropology is one of the most important parts of anthropology itself . It is the actual work of anthropologists . Applied anthropology provides people with information that they need in order to learn more about different cultures . The process of fieldwork will involve moving to a different country or culture, immersing oneself into that culture and recording their findings . They will do things like observation, interviews, and even trace back family histories of the people they are studying . During this time they will work closely with members of the culture in order to gain as much knowledge as possible in order to be able to fully understand the reasons behind their customs . When they establish a good working, friendly relationship with someone in the culture, they build rapport . Once they have a firm grasp of the culture they are then able to observe many things, and when they observe these things, they inform the people in order to combat a problem . “By instilling an appreciation for human diversity, the entire field of anthropology combats ethnocentrism – the tendency to view one’s own culture as superior and to use one’s own cultural values in judging the behavior and beliefs of people raised in other societies” (Kottak pg . 53) More specifically, when anthropologists record their findings and record them in a book they produce an ethnography . They use this ethnography to inform the masses of different cultures .
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Using In Search of Respect by Philippe Bourgois and Guests of the Sheik by Elizabeth Warnock Fermea, one can see the everyday customs of two very different places in two very different times: an Iraqi village in the 1950’s and a crack dealing network in Spanish Harlem in the 1980’s . Both of these books highlight different cultures outside of the “norm” people would think . Fernea and Bourgois used the techniques that were discussed earlier to inform us on the workings of these two different societies . Although these are very different places, there are many things they have in common . One, in particular, is the basis of this essay: respect . Respect is something that is valued all over the world . It always has been and always will be . The ways to earn respect and the ways to lose respect differ from place to place and person to person . Given the two vastly different time periods, locations, and demographics of the people in In Search of Respect and Guests of the Sheik , one can see that even though they are very different both communities put heavy emphasis on the aspect of respect and honor among the people in their community . Bourgois and Fernea help us see, as readers, what respect actually means to the people
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