ANTH 100A – Lecture 2 (September 9, 2013) Dr. Charles Menzies
• What is ethnography?
• Fieldwork and anthropological methods
• Examples of field sites
What do anthropologists do?
• Chasing after things
• Learning and making sense of world
What is Ethnography?
• Ethno: people; ography: writing
• Description about whole society or pieces or portions of it (sub-cultures)
• Element of analysis – not just about it, but maybe also comparisons to other
similar things, or analysing if what is supposed to happen is happening or if
it’s something different, or possibly something that’s on the sidelines, or
analysing the result of the culture
• A-historical – non-historical, ethnographic present – present tense (way
things have always been and will always continue to be)
◦ Eric Wolf – Europe and the People without History
• Turn to history and reflectivity
◦ Reflectivity: recognition that as a researcher, there is an impact on
the study (not simply an external observer), the very fact that he is
there has an impact. Try to modify for changes he causes
What is fieldwork?
• the 'field' - place researchers go to and spend time in where they are actively
engaged in research, then separate themselves (physically or
metaphorically) and do write-up.
◦ rural villages and insular communities have been a staple of
Sarah: Barcelona - saw more than as tourist; with anarchist
punks handing out food in protest to war
Northern Italy in small city, worked with doctors in clinics
• Richard Lee in t