January 15 2014
• 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