ANTH 202 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Ethnography

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Malinowski: a diary in the strict sense of the term. Anthropologists studyculture and relations in fieldwork that link people together in society. Rabinow uses word informant (other anthropologists would choose other words that are less demeaning) for those he gets information from to emphasize the deeply flawed relationship between anthropologists and their subjects power dynamics. Rabinow seeks friendships which involve questions of the good. Only able to find friendship in moroco outside of his fieldwork with a guy who refused to be his informant. Rabinow doesn"t like the idea of finding your other half. Believes in meeting someone as a whole & creatung something new together. Dialogue was only possible when they accepted their differences. Remain critically loyal to their own cultures/societies. Anthropologist"s vocation what do anthropologists do and how does that soing inform a way of life. For malinowski, he is not just a missionary, he goes somewhere to learn in detail about the culture.

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