a203-11f-08-AnthMethodsEthnographyPartII - Introduction to...

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Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: Class 8 Anthropological methods: Ethnography, part II Copyright Bruce Owen 2011 - An example of how ethnographic fieldwork works and pays off: - Monaghan and Just 2000 Chapter 1: A Dispute in Donggo: Fieldwork and Ethnography - Peter Just - studies Dou Donggo of the Indonesian island of Sumbawa - swidden (slash-and-burn) farmers shifting to rice - mountain people who maintained identity and beliefs through waves of Hindu and Muslim dominance - Chapter 1: A Dispute in Donggo: Fieldwork and Ethnography - complicated story of la Ninde’s “assault” on ina Mone - la Ninde gets convicted, but didn’t actually do it - everyone knows this, but still feels that justice was done - this contradiction between the ethnographer’s concept of justice and that of the Dou Donggo suggests that there is something interesting to investigate here - To understand this story, we need to use genealogical notation , or kinship notation - box or triangle represents a male - circle represents a female - double horizontal lines are a marriage - or other long or short term sexual relationships between unmarried people - there is no widespread standard for expressing these differences; each author does it in his/her own way - vertical lines connect the marriage (the relationship between the parents) to children - we will use double dotted lines for betrothal (fiancés; planning to be married) - this is not particularly standardized, though - So, how could everyone feel justice was done in condemning la Ninde for an assault they all know he did not commit? - he was really being admonished for flirting with la Fia, a betrothed girl - and for endangering the institution of betrothal - and in particular, for endangering betrothals of two sons of ama Panci, who is father of both la Fia and the boy who is betrothed to ina Mone’s daughter - ina Mone’s daughter was betrothed to a son of ama Panci - la Fia was betrothed to another son of the same ama Panci - put bluntly, la Mone was afraid that if la Ninde could get away with cheating with the girl betrothed to one of ama Panci’s sons, then ama Panci’s other son might try cheating on her daughter - note that the judge who particularly berated la Ninde was ama Panci - one of his sons was betrothed to la Fia - of course he did not want anyone flirting with his son’s fiancé! - and another of his sons was betrothed to ina Mone’s daughter - he did not want her to think he might tolerate his son cheating on her daughter
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Intro to Cultural Anthro F 2011 / Owen: Anthropological methods: Ethnography, Part II p. 2 - ina Mone was about to become his sister-in-law, and mother-in-law of one of his sons - he had to stay on good terms with her - so by chewing out la Ninde, ama Panci was reassuring la Mone that her
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