ANT102H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Participant Observation, Ethnography, Claustrophobia

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Ethnography: as a noun, it means the outcome of the anthropologist"s work". As a verb, it is a method fieldwork. There are different ways of studying different things; the fieldwork varies from one anthropologist to another. The main goal of ethnography is to get a behind-the-scenes look at what it being studied. Ethnography follows a simple outline; this is the basic frame that all anthropologists follow, though the details for each may vary: choose a field-site. What are you planning to study in that particular field: prepare for the field. Also, preparing a proposal is crucial; you have to state where you"re going and for what purpose, and what you hope to achieve so that your field project can be approved. If applicable, learn the language of the area you"re planning to go to. Get research clearance and a residence permit, as well as more maps. What do anthropologists do on the field: survey the site.

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