answer to study guide question # 16 (Note: this is not in essay format)

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Rajyashree Narayanareddy

7 What spatial assumptions undergird anthropologys approach to fieldwork? Why are Gupta and Ferguson critical of cultural critique in anthropology? Anthropologys main focus -- Fieldwork: they do field work to go to those remote locations and try and understand culture. Try and understand how and what kind of culture this so called remote group has. --Remote location (most other of others Assumptions about space: --the groups that they study are radically different. So a white man goes to study the desert, so the group that they study is radically different from the culture that the anthropologists come from. -- they occupy discontinuous spaces, meaning, there is no connection between the anthropologists culture and that particular groups culture --anthropologists do field work to study a completely different culture, the group that is being studied seem to be inhabiting a space that is discontinuous from the anthropologist -- theorize contact, conflict and contradiction from this starting point of discontinuity Space and anthropological representation (cultural difference) When colonialism started, anthropology had an important role to play. Anthropologists, played an important role and contributed
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