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Anthropology 25 Midterm 1. Since the definition of ethnography is a scientific study of people, cultures, and ethnic groups, Nathan ’s book is clearly an ethnography. In the book, Nathan, a professor who is an adept at anthropological studies, willingly transforms herself into a twenty-first century college student. During her stay at the university, she understands university life from a different angle. She discovers new places on campus, which were unknown to her, and a campus bus system. During her life in the dormitory, she discovers a conflict within the university, where at one end of the extreme the educators and the administrators at the university try their hardest to bring university students together through activities, university summer reading assignments, discussions and other events. On the other end of the extreme, the students stay disconnected from everybody else, with their own distinct groups, time commitments, backgrounds, friendships, relationships, dormitory set- up’s, messages, styles and subject majors. Concisely, this conflict discussed in the book is the ethnographic description, which makes Nathan’s book an ethnography. F urthermore, I do not think it is unethical for an anthropologist to pose as a freshman. An anthropologist should do whatever is necessary to be a successful anthropologist. Attempting to fit in with a group of people to learn more about a group of people is simply the core of anthropological practice, which anthropologist in no way can avoid, if they want to remain anthropologists. 2. The concept of an authoritative voice relates to the eight kinds of logic in a very clear way. For each one of the eight kinds of logic, there is at least one authoritative voice. In scientific logic, the scientist is the authoritative voice who uses evidence to support his or her position on birth. In clinical logic, the medical practitioner is the authoritative voice who uses his or her medical knowledge and practice to assess birth. In personal logic, anyone is the authoritative voice who has something to lose or gain on personal level from decisions relating to birth. In cultural logic, the spiritual leaders and traditionalists are the authoritative voices that use their knowledge of culture From Tau Beta Pi SJSU Exam Library: From Tau Beta Pi SJSU Exam Library:
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to assess birth. In legal logic, the litigator or legalist is the authoritative voice who assess the liabilities of birth. In economic logic, anyone who can assess the cost benefits and risks of birth is an authoritative voice. In political logic, anyone who is a critic or a public official is the authoritative
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