TBB199 Thought Belief and Behaviour
January 17, 2012
Students are asked to keep an ethnographic love journal.
- What is a ethnography?
o Often a book length, rich detailed description of how a society works.
o Not a novel, not a fiction.
o Ethnography is an account, a representation of a society.
o Descriptive as well as analytical.
Professor Wardlow focused on Huli women. Work with sex-work culture. She was
unintentionally involved in court cases, being a witness in the court. Interviewed
women in Huli, she did diverse sample of women, not a random sample. Looking for
commonalities among the diversity education, age etc of women.
- Ethnographic novel.
- Historical novel. Made up story based on historically correct facts. Same can be
done for ethnography.
- Ethnographic methods. The standard is participant observations: participating
in a society. (deep hanging out)
- Writing field notes on what you observed, also include your personal account,
- Ethnography is not a scientific method. Not generating a random sample and
develop a quantitative analysis to assess your hypothesis.
- Ethnography includes interviewing people.
Ethnographic love journal.
- Asking students to be a ethnographer, being a participant observer of anything
to do with love.
- Example. Love in diaspora, social reproduction (marrying to keep culture the
- Tips: Writing thoughts down as soon as possible don’t leave it to write the next TBB199 Thought Belief and Behaviour
January 17, 2012
- Feel free to research other relevant articles or look at outside resources.
- Polygamy: specific man with more than one wife. Multiple women
- Polygyny: refers to multiple men
- Polyandry: women have two types of men. Fraternal versus non-fraternal
- Polyandry does not mean the women have more power in that culture.
Cross cousin’s: example: Mothers brother’s children.
Parallel cousins: example: Mothers sisters cousins. Children of same sex children