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ANTH 100A – Lecture 2 (September 9, 2013) Dr. Charles Menzies.docx

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University of British Columbia
ANTH 100
Charles Menzies

ANTH 100A – Lecture 2 (September 9, 2013) Dr. Charles Menzies Objectives: • 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 anthropology 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
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