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Feb 2011 Craft of Socio-Cultural Anthropology

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University of Toronto St. George

Ant210H1S Movie Class 2/8/11 Last Week Review: Lofland: naturalistic inquiry J maybe, maybe Lofland is suggesting that methodology is less important and that once you get into the field as illusions of objectivity vanish and the ethnographer has to re- acclimate to doing fieldwork in their own way (our class becomes an exercise in futility). Lofland: axis of difference (religion, race, ethnicity, history, politics), descriptive/ascribed/ascriptive catagories (?) Woolf: location J positionality (?) J the ethnographer must discuss their position from outside their fieldsite Theme: no matter how many times you observe a place, the people change and the experience is not static J šZ}µ2ZšZLÀ]Œ}LKLšŒK]LZšZZK7^Z]L2šZ]L2ZÇ}µ[ÀLÀŒZL}Œ_, a library how is a space used even where it has a specific purpose in mind J love, loss, lunch, socializing, bonding @[ZZZŒ Z9]Zo} š]}LLoµÆ][email protected]}Œ}Lš}Z2]}L9ŒlJ immigrant experience J the ethnographer as white and local, the participants Z^Kµoš]šZL] 7Kµoš]Œ ]o_ This Week Emerson: 3 types of field work - transcription (ought you fix history?), description (fragmented), inscription (?!), interviews (?) Them and Me: French anthropologist in New Guinea (Stephen Pretton) They see the camera as a bow Primary informant: teaches the language, brings community around to open up, the anthropologist offers to raise his salary each year and pay his bride price They are appalled by the anthropologists childish use of their language The anthropologist is a shopkeeper J selling oil, paper money, razor blades, mirrors and medicine J this is not a place of honour The anthropologist describes the ogre stories and spirit stories of the natives as childish
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