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Department
anthropology
Course
ANTH 1034
Professor
Hollis Moore
Semester
Winter

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World Cultures January 15 2014  Marion Benedict • Brings up 3 different aspects • ½ of ethnography is written by Marion, the other half is written by her husband • Wanted to learn about the black magic, but was warned against it because the  people would like she was a spy o She built a rapport with the people to gain their trust o Had to approach the idea very cautiously • Balance between: o What she did o How she did it o How she recorded it • Benedict decided to take a sociological census. He tried to collect facts by asking  questions. However, she found that they answers never came simply and directly.  Lengthy digressions were the rule. • Process and questions derived from her own customs, values and logical  caregivers. Products of her culture • How did she understand these digressions? o As being important in the sense that her overall purpose wanted to  comprehend these people in their own terms • Benedict suspected that many answers to my questions were inventions. She was  forced to consider  • She used intuition to decide what was true or false • She suggested in the process of altering the text or tampering with reality, or the  basis of her intuition, fictionalizing had begun • What ethnographic paradox did benedict encounter in the Seychelles? o The crisis of
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