Unformatted text preview: largely on male informants, and his picture of Yanomamo life is largely a male picture- the women in the tribe might regard violence with very different eyes than men- All of these biases are to some extent inherent in the nature of fieldwork; other fieldworkers would have different biases, but none would be able to do purely objective research 2. Fieldwork methods- Chagnon relied on what anthropologists sometimes call the genealogical method, collecting family histories in order to get a sense of the culture as a whole- since the Yanomamo have rules against saying the names of dead ancestors, they often lied to him, at times in comical ways- to get around their reluctance, Chagnon used subterfuges to get people to tell him the names of other families’ ancestors- the process allowed Chagnon to collect very useful data, but it raises troubling ethical questions....
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2012 for the course ANTH 100 taught by Professor Idunno during the Spring '08 term at Purdue.
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