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Chapter 2

ANTH-A 107 Chapter Notes - Chapter 2: Ethnography

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ANTH-A 107
Sept Jeanne

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Communication in Practice
Expert Round A and B Worksheet
Round A: Practice (no points)
Round B: 50 points possible
Instructions: Please read the chapter(s) you have been assigned, and be prepared to
discuss the following questions in class. I recommend you meet with your group
outside of class at least once to help each other understand the reading well. You can
also meet with me to clarify any questions you may have.
Chapter(s): Culture: Can You Take It Anywhere?
Group Member Name and Contact Info:
1) What are the main ideas of the chapter(s)?
Culture names the translation that ethnography builds for their audience
Ethnography yields a product that is a translation
When you identify a rich point you have to do more research before you determine
if it is just a characteristic of that one person or if it is culture
2) What are the key terms?
Traditional culture culture like the Navajo Indians where they were confined
geographically. This led to the same culture generation after generation.
Rich points when people do something in a situation that we don’t understand,
which in turn fuels ethnographic research.
Working assumption an assumption that a translation is both necessary and
3) What are the most important examples the author gives?
The Navajo Indians had traditional culture because they stayed in the same area so
their culture was very similar their whole existence making their culture traditional
Sometimes American and Mexican people act very similar and sometimes they act
very different, sometimes they seem like they have very different cultures. The
reason they can act similar is because of proximity and personal traits.
4) Why do these ideas matter for understanding communication?
These ideas matter because you cannot always go to a different place with different
people and look at one thing someone does and call it a cultural thing because it
could just be one thing that that person in particular does.
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