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University of Toronto Scarborough
Maggie Cummings

Topics Topic: What is culture and how do anthropologists investigate it? Reading: Chapters 1 (Fieldwork and Ethnography) and 2 (Culture) [VSI] Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese cockfight, Clifford Geertz (PDF) The main concepts for today: Fieldwork Ethnography Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism Culture Interpreting Cultures Other key termsnames: Fieldwork as rite of passage Participant observation Armchair anthropology Thick description Edward Tylor and James Frazer Bronislaw Malinowski ObjectivityPositivismSubjective knowledge Franz Boas Culture as lens Interpretive (or symbolic) anthropology (Clifford Geertz) Stories they tell themselves about themselvesthe Balinese cockfight as cultural text Summary: Fieldwork and ethnography are what make anthropology anthropological; anthropology is holistic, and is also characterized by a focus on (relativistic) comparison and on context; culture is learned and shared; culture is not static nor bound, but dynamic and interrelated. One of the most popular approaches to culture today (even among anthropologists who do not explicitly identify as symbolic anthropologists) is to see culture as something to be interpretedand the anthropologists job is to interpret it, to make it legible to his or her audience. Topic: Ways of Knowing: Time, Language, and Ritual www.notesolution.com
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