Jan 2011 Craft of Socio-Cultural Anthropology

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ANT210H1S Class 3 Participant Observation After Malinowski 1/25/11
Fieldwork ± you may not interview anyone younger than 18, you may observe younger people if they
are not your focus
Diary ± 1967! (evolutionary-UDFLVPGXHWRIUXVWUDWLRQDQGUDJH:3URIMalinowski never participated
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Rivers' Genealogical method: kinship and psychology ± Malinowski does not learn much of the
language
Rivers among the Toda (polyandry) ± do not produce abstractions which are not relevant to your
ethnography, strive to abstain from contaminating your study with Euro-centric, evolutionary ideology.
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while the participants with Stocking Jr., Rivers and others stand about the notes while the
anthropologist teases out their ethnography.
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A good rapport as a methodological tool for extracting information ± sociopathic?
Film from 1977 on the Aging Jewish community in California
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birthday [whether ,PDOLYHRUQRW@´death as a member of the family),
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wife, he still loves her
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Singing ± ritualized during the Sabbath (the women who feels her mother's hands on her face though
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