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Ethnography - Inter-team Conflict with the Coach - Ethnography - Inter-team Conflict with the Coach Recently, two strong sophomore players quit the varsity women’s water polo team. They said that they were no longer having fun, one saying that the time commitment “just was not worth it anymore,” while the other said that playing polo at Oxy was making her more and more unhappy.” Earlier in the season, one of the players who was named first team All American and MVP of the National Tournament, also almost quit the team for good. Again, her reasoning was that the game was not fun for her anymore....   [tags: Ethnography]
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Ethnography - Ethnography Introduction Beginning with the early stages of savagery to the complex civilizations in the 21st century, the need to compete remains an important aspect in the continual evolution of mankind. Competition took various forms throughout history from the bloody attempts to kill a mammoth in order to provide nourishment, to the violent battles between two opposing sides taking place on college football fields every Saturday afternoon. Another form of competition involving severe contact on a scale par with football is the sport of rugby....   [tags: Ethnography] 4063 words
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A Look At Neo-Paganism Through Ethnography - An Ethnography of Modern Witches The growing practice of Neo-Paganism in America has caused many to turn their heads. The misunderstanding of the religion has caused many to equate the practitioners with the popular conception of typical "witches," that perform black magic rituals, satanic sacrifices, and engage in devil-inspired orgies. After many years, the Neo-Pagan community has cleared up many misconceptions through the showing that many of them do not engage in activities, and are rather participating in a religion, just as those would that participate in a Christian community....   [tags: Witches America Neo-Paganism Ethnography] 1800 words
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Charles Marius Barbeau’s Ethnography and the Canadian Folklore - Charles Marius Barbeau’s Ethnography and the Canadian Folklore Born on 5 March 1883, in Sainte-Marie-de-Bauce, Charles Marius Barbeau is widely seen as the first Canadian educated anthropologist. He graduated from Université Laval in Québec, from his studies of law, in 1907; he never practised law. Upon graduating, Marius was awarded – as the first French-Canadian recipient – the Cecil Rhodes scholarship which allowed him to study at Oxford University where he was introduced to the emerging field of Anthropology....   [tags: Ethnography Canadian Folklore]
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Ethnography - Ethnography Works Cited Missing Reflexivity has recently been designated as an indicator of postmodernism in anthropological texts. In this context, the practice is attacked as self-indulgent narcissism, but its true scope reaches much further. While some ethnographic texts exhibit an overemphasis on the author, and his position within the work, this is one extreme of the range reflexivity, which also serves as a methodological tool, unincorporated into the writing, and as a means to account for the ethnographers biases and affects on his informants....   [tags: Ethnography Reflexivity Anthropology Essays] 1202 words
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Writing an Ethnography - “In any war story, but especially a true one, it's difficult to separate what happened from what seemed to happen.” - Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried It is not only war stories that create confusion, both for their writers, and their readers, about the nature of the truth they tell. Is the truth in a “true” story what the writer experienced, or the truth of what “really” happened. If the story is about other people, is the truth what the writer sees them do, or what they think they are doing....   [tags: Social Studies] 2334 words
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Collaborative Ethnography - Introduction Postmodern anthropology can be described as a method to write about cultures in a certain way, by scrutinizing and interpreting the information gathered. Postmodern ethnographers believe that it is the way we interpret information that must be studied and that the voice of societies should be advocated through an informant. They also believe that to do this the use of collaborative ethnography is of vital importance. Collaborative ethnography is a relationship between ethnographers and informants....   [tags: Anthropology ]
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An Ethnography of Hunters - Everyone kills, and everyone eats. Not everyone eats what they kill, but these remain two of the most intimate forms of communing with our environment, whether we recognize them as such, or not. Almost 40 000 Americans are killed each year as the result of homicidal, accidental, and suicidal uses of guns; in all, Americans wielding guns intimidate, wound, and kill hundreds of thousands every year. These were the kinds of ideas impressed upon me as I grew up in my urban home: Guns were beasts, as were knives, arrows, spears, indeed anything could become a weapon if held in a particular way....   [tags: Learning to Hunt] 2666 words
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Ethnography about Human Behavior and Economics - Wall Street is the financial district of New York city and home to the largest stock exchange in the world, The New York Stock Exchange among other major exchanges like NASDAQ, New York Board of Trade and the New York Mercantile Exchange. This and others make New York among the world’s principal financial centers. Karen Ho’s ethnography seeks to explore the Wall Street culture and especially the role of its financial institutions in corporate America. Corporations and investors on Wall Street have over the years had their ups and downs as far as business is concerned....   [tags: Wallstreet culture]
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Kung Life: An Ethnography by Majorie Shostak - The many ethnographies produced from the fieldwork of anthropologist, account for much of our knowledge of cultures we may consider foreign of our own. Ethnographies are often written to provide an understanding of the practices of the studied culture, thus bridging the gap between separate ways of life. Majorie Shostak is one of the well known anthropologist who attempts to do just this in her writings. During her stay in the Dobe regions of Botswana, she studied the life of !Kung women to find out if they share similar ideas to women of her own culture....   [tags: kung, geography, anthropology, ethnographies, Majo] 1014 words
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Ethnography of Performance - Ethnography of Performance During a musical performance many elements to be looked are not easily recognized by the average critic. A musical performance has multiple interactions taking place between the music, text, performers, audience, and space that all can contribute to a great performance. Overwhelming majority of the audience does not realize so much can be looked at during a single performance. At a performance by the University of Maryland Marching Band I was able to analyze the Musical Sound, Contexts of the Performance, and Interpretation of the Performance....   [tags: Papers] 681 words
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Is Ethnography a Suitable method for Research - Is Ethnography a Suitable method for Research on Residential Satisfaction and Community Participation. Ethnography within its wider field of research is described as the study of people’s behaviour in terms of social contexts, with emphasis on interaction in everyday situations (Lindsay, 1997). It is further defined as research that constitutes the art and science of describing a group or culture (Fetterman, 1989). However, the specific definition that will be used throughout this work, is that of its role within qualitative research, which is summarised by Wainwright (1997) in his paper in The Qualitative Report, stating that ethnography can be distinguished as: “...the...   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Role of Reflexivity in Ethnography - The Role of Reflexivity in Ethnography Reflexivity, as I understand it, is very well named.It is the practice of reflecting upon oneself and one’s work, of being self-aware and self-critical. In anthropology, it is well exemplified by the work of Renato Rosaldo, Ruth Behar, and Dorinne Kondo, among others. In its most obvious form (or at least the form most obvious to me), reflexivity is manifest in the practice of an ethnographer including herself in her own ethnographic research---seeing herself not as an “unbiased, impartial” (Malinowski 18) observer, but as an essential and un-removable part of her study....   [tags: Anthropology Science Essays] 1389 words
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The Slavic World Genesis: Their Gods and Beliefs - The most interesting theme of the entire history of Russia is the period in which the formation of Russian statehood takes place. Surprisingly, the events preceding Russia’s formation are among the least studied pages of our history. Written sources telling of the times are very meager, they are mainly found in the presentation of Byzantine chroniclers, who described the events, at times, in biased and contradictory terms. Of course, Byzantines viewed the Slavs as primarily restless, warlike neighbors and they are not particularly interested in their culture, their way of life or their customs....   [tags: Ethnography]
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Ethnography - Ethnography One of the most complex and interesting aspects of cultural anthropology is the ethnography. The idea of being able to read stories about groups of individuals is something that is intriguing to many people. With the ethnography, the authors many times feel that they have control and understanding over the individuals that they are writing about. Furthermore, many of these authors assume that the individuals among whom they are living and studying exemplify the entire society as a whole....   [tags: Writing Literature Essays]
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Gender Importance of the Anthropologist of Ethnography - Gender Importance of the Anthropologist of Ethnography What importance may the sex of the anthropologist have on the ethnographic process. There are many factors which can influence the ethnographic process for an anthropologist, and a very important one is his/her sex. This essay will examine the different attitudes towards sex, the problems that face all ethnographers when they embark on fieldwork in a different environment to their own, as well as the problems and benefits which can arise due to the sex of an anthropologist....   [tags: Papers] 894 words
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Ethnicities and Cultural Dynamics - Ethnicities and Cultural Dynamics Imagine dining at one of the city's finest ethnic restaurants. People of all classes, races, and ages come to eat here. Located in the downtown area, Golden Dragon is known to the community as both, a great carryout or dine-in restaurant. Not only is it widely acknowledged for it’s wonderful food and services, but also for the diversity of their staff. Sometimes getting credit for having a wide range of diversity, and other times receiving critical remarks for having too much....   [tags: Ethnography]
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Ethnography - Ethnography Works Cited Missing Reflexivity is a qualitative method of research that takes an ethnography one step further, displaying the personal thoughts and reflections of the anthropologist on his informants. Ethnographies generally take an outside or foreign perspective of a culture, like reading a text, and reflexivity introduces a new component of inside description. Here, the anthropologist may describe personal interactions and experiences with natives and use this inside information to make additional conclusions about the people being studied....   [tags: Reflexivity Anthropology Essays] 1085 words
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Ethnography - Ethnography Personal experience and reflexivity should be used within anthropology as a tool to reflect on the culture that is being studied and not a refocusing of attention on the self. Works such as Dorinne Kondo’s “Dissolution and Reconstitution of Self,” use the idea of reflexivity as a mirror in which to view the culture being studied in a different manner. This use of reflexivity allows for the focus to stay on the culture being studied. A move away from this is the new branch of humanistic anthropology represented in this essay by Renato Rosaldo’s “Grief and a Headhunter’s Rage” and Ruth Behar’s “Anthropology that Breaks Your Heart” allows anthropologists to use reflexivity as a w...   [tags: Anthropology Culture Reflexivity Papers] 894 words
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Ethnography - Ethnography Works Cited Missing Anthropology is defined, in the most basic terms, as the study of other cultures. This field can subsequently be divided into more specific sects, and contain more precise defining characteristics, but this definition is essentially all that is needed. Anthropology is a science that attempts to look at other cultures and draw conclusions to questions that are raised while studying. An anthropologist is someone who accepts what is presented before them and is driven by an urge to understand each presentation as thoroughly as possible....   [tags: Anthropology Culture Reflexivity Papers] 983 words
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Alex's Restaurant, an ethnography - Alex's Restaurant, an ethnography The Wiseguys (scene one): *These four old guys (definitely into their late sixties, early seventies) sell cars at one of the dealerships on the boulevard. I would bet fifty dollars that they all work for Cadillac. They come in once a week, on Friday afternoons. They love me. They like to give me a hard time, ask why I don’t love them anymore, when I’m going to run away with them, etc, etc. They are caricatures of car salesmen but are obviously unaware of this....   [tags: Personal Narrative Waitressing]
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Ethnography: Ainu - Ethnography: Ainu Worldview      The Ainu, Japan’s native aboriginal people, are very much an isolated people, living now only in the northern island of Japan, Hokkaido. They number, as of a 1984 survey, 24,381, continuing a rise from a low point in the mid nineteenth century due to forced labor and disease, and have largely left their old ways and integrated into standard Japanese society, though even the majority of those still reside in Hokkaido. The animistic religion of the Ainu is firmly enmeshed with every other aspect of the culture....   [tags: Cultural Anthropology]
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Visual Ethnographic Research Study - Throughout the young lives of children, there are many methods that can be used to interpret and understand their respective childhoods. We can appreciate that each child has a unique way of interpreting their childhood and through different methods, they have a distinctive way of how each of them perceive their childhood to be. One excellent methodology that children can show what they recognize about their childhood to be is with the concept of photo-voice. Photo-voice grants each child the capability of capturing visual moments through the use of photographs....   [tags: Visual Ethnography] 1515 words
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Anaylzing the Ethnography, Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa written by Adam Ashforth - ... Ashforth intended to study the transition to a democracy but during his research he stumbled upon a much greater issue, the presence of witches. Ashforth then switched the focus of his research to witchcraft and the dangers or spiritual insecurity related to witchcraft. The people of Soweto in South Africa have been dealing with violence and poverty for many years. The society is filled with many different cultures and languages and they are all struggling to escape from being exposed the evil forces of witchcraft....   [tags: soweto, magic, gods] 931 words
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Searching for knowledge: method, gloss, and the failure of information - I. Sketching Knowledge I have a recurring nightmare that I am on my way to becoming a post-modern positivist. In the dark recesses of my inner sanctum, my constant justifications of the worth of inductive, nonhypothesisdriven, participatory, and emic-centered research finally give way under the pressure of graduate student’s dismissal of methods as unimportant and an all too often dismissal of anthropology by some given that its “just” anecdotes. These fears are backed by a frightening realization that I have colleagues in other disciplines (i.e., critical geography, social work, and even sympathetic political science) who appear to take our method more seriously than we do....   [tags: Ethnography] 4354 words
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Reflexivity in Ethnographic Research and Writing - Reflexivity in Ethnographic Research and Writing The role of reflexivity in ethnographic research and writing has certain advantages and limits, as it gives the discipline of anthropology another form of interpreting ethnographies. Reflexivity, in terms of work of anthropology, is to insist that anthropologists systematically and rigorously reveal their methodology and themselves as the instrument of data generation. It is the self-consciousness or the work's ability to see itself as a work. There are various styles of reflexivity in ethnographic writing and Dorinne Kondo, Renato Rosaldo, and George Marcus are three anthropologists that influenced the role of reflexivity through their ethn...   [tags: Ethnography Anthropology Essays] 1614 words
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Ethnography of the Maasai - Within the Maasai culture there are several political decision makers. One decision maker is the father in a family unit. The father can decide where his children live within the kraal, which is an enclosed settlement. Another part of the decision making process in the Maasai culture are the elders of the clan. Another group that participates in the Maasai’s process of making decisions are the warriors. Warriors are the young men of a tribe; boys become warriors after they are circumcised. Thus decisions are made by elders, the head of the kraal, and by fathers in a tribe....   [tags: Maasai Culture, Political Decision Makers]
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Content Analysis and Ethnographic Research in Decoding Children’s Understanding of Friendship - ... They all resided in the same city in Canada and came from a similar or identical social group. There were 480 participants all together chosen from eight schools, with thirty girls and thirty boys from each. The age-range was a significant factor to them because they wanted to study how children understood friendship at different ages and stages of their life. Using such a large number of children in their study meant that they could make generalisations about children’s friendships and how they develop over time....   [tags: Study, Ethnography, Qualitative] 1416 words
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Use of Reflexivity in Ethnographic Research - Use of Reflexivity in Ethnographic Research Works Cited Missing The use of reflexivity in ethnographic research and writing is used to insist that the anthropologist has systematically and rigorously revealed their methodology and their self as the instrument of data collection and generation. Reflexivity can play a variety of roles in ethnographic writings as observed in the works of Renato Rosaldo, Dorinne Kondo, and Ruth Behar. These three anthropologists all use reflexivity in different ways to convey their findings and feelings....   [tags: Anthropology Culture Ethnography Papers] 991 words
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Fattening: The social implications on the Azawagh Arabs and the real meaning behind it - Throughout the ethnography, “Feeding Desire” written by Rebecca Popenoe, we see one consistent theme that is brought up time and time again – women and the fattening of them to obtain a desired look. From the perspective of a Western third party, the idea of fattening to appear beautiful/appealing seems ridiculous. It simply makes little sense because fattening, is incredibly unhealthy, something that is recognized in Western culture and at the same time we prefer women to be as fit as possible....   [tags: Ethnography, Feeding Desire] 1613 words
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Qualitative Research Methods: J.W. Creswell - Five Approaches and Theory Creswell (2013) notes that qualitative research methods typically aid in researching topics where little is known about a phenomenon. Tavallaei and Talib (2010) further note that qualitative approaches are utilized “when the researcher’s variables are unclear and unknown and when a relevant theory base is missing in any sense” (p. 571). This suggests that qualitative research is less focused on testing hypothesis and relationships between variables, but the description, analysis, and interpretation of a given phenomenon (Creswell, 2013; Tavallaei & Talib, 2010)....   [tags: ethnography, cultural bias, phenomenology]
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The Airport on Thanksgiving Eve - ... I used ethnography to answer this question instead of quantitative analysis or experiments because of several reasons. First, variables for quantitative analysis must have numbers; without numbers we cannot use any statistical techniques. Possible quantitative variables for the question are the number of people who wait at the airport and the number of people who fly that night or the amount of time they have to wait. But, these variables cannot tell a definite story of why people come to airport because they do not collect data about their opinions....   [tags: ethnography, family, behavior, reunite] 796 words
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Ethnography Review of Songs in Thier Head: Music and Its Meaning in Children´s Lives by Patricia Shehan Campbell - We are all familiar with the way children interact and play together. Through these interactions, it is clear to see their curiosity, energetic attitude, and friendliness. However there is one important part of their interactions that is overlooked. We often do not think much of kids humming a tune or combining small syllables into a little song, but if we paid close attention, we could see how music is so thoroughly integrated into a child’s life. After reading “Songs in Their Heads: Music and its Meaning in Children’s Lives” by Patricia Shehan Campbell, it became clear to me how children have a concept of music from such a young age, and in a lot of cases, their knowledge of music is not t...   [tags: mucis, school, knowledge, child]
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Dialing in on East St. Louis: Jennifer F. Hamer’s ethnography Abandoned in the Heartland - Jennifer F. Hamer’s ethnography, Abandoned in the Heartland, paints the disorderly behaviors and hardships of the inhabitants of East St. Louis that struggle to “make-ends-meet” so to say, with the diminutive source of income they or their families have and the petite assistance they receive as a whole from the government. Unlike many other popular case studies that contain similar findings that closely examine the urban cores in explicit regions of the United States, Hamer’s case study assesses the quick downfall of East St....   [tags: case study, sociology, race relations]
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Education - The Great Battleground - A satellite passes over a suspected rebel camp in the jungle and photographs the vicinity. Nothing shows up on the imagery. They moved again. The rebels have been sabotaging facilities, setting car bombs, ambushing police forces, kidnapping tourists and locals, trafficking drugs, and reeking havoc in the region for months, but we cannot isolate their network and identify their center of gravity. Satellite imagery, communication intercepts, and other wide area searches have not provided high enough resolution to direct a strategy....   [tags: Educational Ethnography] 770 words
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Ethnography of the American Flag - ... Alongside the leader of the ceremony there are thirteen helpers representing the thirteen colonies. They come up to the flag in order of the colonies creation and cut off a stripe of the flag, representing the removal of their colony. The helper then places their stripe into an incinerator. This continues until all the pieces are in the incinerator and the fire is lit. While the participants of the ceremony watch the flag burn the ceremony leader says “Nothing is really ended until it is forgotten....   [tags: disposal, ritual, symbol]
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Study of Communication - Studies on Human Communication The past century has been an enormously productive one in regard to the analysis and description of human communication. Building on the ideas of Ferdinand de Saussure, early structuralists delineated the phonological and morphological building blocks of speech by refining and applying the concepts of the phoneme and the morpheme. In addition to the rigorous description of hundreds of indigenous languages, anthropological linguists using this body of data worked on the problem of language histories and the division of current languages into families of related languages with the concomitant contribution to cultural history....   [tags: Human Communication, Ethnography of Speaking] 2740 words
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Ethnography on Cambodian Americans - I chose Cambodian Americans for my target culture because it was a place I knew very little about. My ignorance of that side of the world is laughable to say the least. Cambodian American was a great choice because both the people and the culture are very captivating to me. While some Cambodian Americans become very westernized, accepting most of America’s cultural norms, some hold strong to their Cambodian traditions and way of life. Through Geert Hofstede’s Taxonomy, I will explore the dynamics of the Cambodian American culture....   [tags: Culture, Traditions, History, America]
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Basic Cultural Norms - The discussion of culture and the aspects of individual cultures, the religious affiliations, world views, and groups that each culture prescribes to are as varied as the crystals of ice are in a snowflake. No one culture is exactly the same and no singular person of the culture is identical. However, basic cultural norms shape the behaviors and ideologies of those who identify with a specific culture. In the works of Nanda & Warms “Cultural Anthropology”, (2011), culture is the road map for which individuals follow to provide an understanding of their social construct and provide the basis for meaning to their environment (p....   [tags: ethnography, community, catholics]
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Ethnography Reflection - 1. Raybeck used most of the techniques on page 71 in Thinking Like an Anthropologist. He established key informants including Yusof and Mat, administered oral surveys to prostitutes, collected kin relations, and mapped the community. He also participated in the night guard (jaga) to learn the layout of the community, get to know his fellow villagers, and perform his civic duty. (26, 54-55, 62, 112) 2. Raybeck incorporated life histories and case studies as well as the semantic differential, a psycholinguistic instrument to quantitative analyze the connotations of concepts....   [tags: Anthropology]
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The Power Struggle at the Occidental Child Development - The Power Struggle at the Occidental Child Development I have conducted ethnographic research at the Occidental Child Development Center where I have spent many hours participating and observing with the children of the center. I am not an outsider to this center, because I have been working with this particular bunch of children for a year, so I am well accepted when I asked to join in the games with the children. The center has a total 45 preschool students aging from 2-5 years old and seven staff members and five student workers....   [tags: Ethnography Ethnographers Education Essays]
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Reflexivity and Modern Works of Anthropology - Reflexivity and Modern Works of Anthropology The role of reflexivity in Anthropology has changed a great deal over time. The effects of doing ethnography on the ethnographer was not considered an important mode of inquiry in the past. While inevitably, going to far distant lands and living with a culture so different from your own will at least cause the ethnographer to reflect on personal issues but most likely will cause profound changes in the way he or she will view the world. But in the past these changes were not important....   [tags: Ethnography Culture Essays] 1082 words
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Women's Rights - INTRODUCTION The given case, Claiming the Throttle : Multiple Femininities in a Hyper – Masculine Subculture ( Martin et al, 2006 ) is a re-inquiry of Schouten and McAlexander’s (1995) ethnography of Harley – Davidson owners that deals with issues of feminism in a hyper – masculine subculture. This case focuses on the liberalization and the sense of achievement and equality gained by women on the usage of motorcycles through the voices of women riders....   [tags: Legal Issues, Ethnography, Feminism] 1763 words
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The Key of Reflexivity - The Key of Reflexivity What gives me the right to judge. As a studying anthropologist, what constitutes me the right to study “Others” and proclaim my perception of the “studied” is correct. Since the development of writing, authors have fell victim to their own misconceptions of a studied group or culture. Even I, right now as I type away at this keyboard am judging and studying the works of other authors. Whether I take a critical or a supportive view of the writings is obsolete, what matters is how my personal life experiences as a studying anthropologist can lead to legitimate findings....   [tags: Ethnography Anthropology Essays] 1119 words
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Reflexivity: Crossing That Line - Reflexivity: Crossing That Line Traditionally, ethnographic works had always been about objective studies of the “other.” The discipline attempts to use non-biased methods to research of our subjects to qualify anthropology into the category of science. However, an increasing number of anthropologists begin to question the existence of objectivity in fieldwork. More recently, some anthropologists advocate the incorporation of the self, or the use of reflexivity, in the research to acknowledge our biases; at the same time, enhance the quality of our ethnographies....   [tags: Ethnography Anthropology Essays]
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Ruth Benedict’s Ethnography of Pueblo Culture, Patterns of Culture, and Leslie Marmon Silko’s novel Ceremony - Response Piece – Silko & Benedict As noted in the response by Janet Tallman, there are three main themes concerning Ruth Benedict’s ethnography of Pueblo culture, Patterns of Culture, and Leslie Marmon Silko’s novel Ceremony. Both detail the importance of matrilineage, harmony and balance versus change, and ceremonies to the Pueblo Indians. It is important to note that Silko gives the reader a first-hand perspective of this lifestyle (she was raised in the Laguna Pueblo Reservation), while Benedict’s book is written from a third-person point of view....   [tags: essays research papers] 2351 words
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Experience of an Immigrant - When I was deliberating topics for my case study ethnography report I was inspired to examine some one very close to me who is "undocumented", someone whose experience I have seen first hand, some one who has affected my life and understanding of immigrants with his situation; my partner, Mario. This class has exposed us to many writings on the subjects of migration, immigration and emigration. I began to compare the concepts and information in the readings to Mario’s personal situation. I was curious if his answer would be "In search of a better life" when asked, "Why did you come here?" By offering personal insights and experiences regarding his/our situation I would like to discuss issu...   [tags: Case Study Ethnography Report] 2166 words
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Ethnography - When I was a kid my parents always took me to Nathdwara to take the blessings of Lord Krishna every now and then because my parents are so religious. So by going there several times I am also attached to that place. Actually Nathdwara is situated in Rajasthan state and I live in the state called Gujarat and in the city called as Ahmedabad. It takes six hours drive from my city to Nathdwara and this is the only nearest place where I could get mental peace. This is very important place for me and my family because it is a tradition of our family that whoever goes there gives free food to the hungry and poor people....   [tags: Personal Narrative India Hindu] 1331 words
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Ethnography of Fans: The Typical Fans of the Nashville Sounds - In order to determine the current success of the Nashville Sounds I surveyed fans of the game. I used the “snowball effect” to get responses from fans I knew and then had them refer me to fans they knew for responses to my questionnaire. I also submitted my questionnaire to a local blogger who discusses Nashville Sounds baseball. Garnering 38 responses, I feel I have gained knowledge of the typical fan as well as differences in the appeal of the game to different types of fans. The typical fan of the Sounds is male and is between the age of 22 and 40....   [tags: baseball, brand new stadium] 1351 words
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Ethnography of Shopping: Scoop versus Century 21 - Shopping is not simply a chore; it is also an experience. Shopping for clothing is a particularly personal decision, and various motivating factors can cause one shopper to choose a particular store over another store. Some consumers go to the store to confirm that they belong to a certain social stratum, others because they enjoy the thrill of a bargain. According to Daniel Miller in ‘Making Love in Super Markets’, the behavior of consumers in supermarkets tends to fall into two categories: ‘treat’ shoppers and ‘thrift’ shoppers....   [tags: Stores, Deals, Century 21] 1008 words
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Elizabeth Fernea’s Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village - "You arrive at a village, and in this calm environment, one starts to hear echo." -- Yannick Noah The writings of various ethnographers and anthropologists are intended to inform and educate the reader by imparting awareness and understanding of unexplored cultures. The value of such a work is directly related to the author’s familiarity with the culture. For instance, an individual intimately acquainted with a situation have different insights, but also different biases than an outsider....   [tags: Literature Review]
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Historical Re-Interpretations: Writing/Re-Writing of Ethnography and Historiography - “Those who tell the stories also hold the power”-Plato French social theorist Michel Foucault developed a notion of discourse in “The Archaeology of Knowledge” and defined it as “systems of thoughts composed of ideas, attitudes, courses of action, beliefs and practices that systematically constructs the subjects and the worlds of which they speak”. Foucault traces the role of discourse in wider social processes of legitimating and power, emphasizing the construction of current truths, how they are maintained and what power relations they carry with them....   [tags: Michel Foucault, The Archaeology of Knowledge]
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Power Structures Subjugate People of Difference to Maintain Authority - CONQUERING THE SLASHES [/] FOR DIFFERENCE When I speak of conquering the slashes for difference I refer to attempts at removing the divide that has historically barred people of color, radical academics and people of differences from doing what most have come to call cultural work. These slash obstruct, separate, divide, subjugate and question the authenticity of nonacademic work and operate as a knowledge-power machinery to maintain the status quo. The existing discourse about language, writing, power structures, history and representation intensified within the postmodern era, while attempts were being made to reduce the tension between what is considered as objective truth as against cul...   [tags: feminism, racial issues, ethnography]
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Rita: An Elder of Color - ... Rita left her children and husband to pursue a better life and be able to provide financial stability for her family. “The risk of facing an unknown country, foreign language, and foreign culture are often seen as greater than the risk of remaining in one’s homeland” (Gelfand, 2003, p.43) Rita migrated to the U.S. in 1972. Rita reported she had a cousin that lived here. According to Rita she landed in the U.S. on a Saturday and by Monday she was already working in a factory that made wall nails....   [tags: ethnography, personal interview]
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The Stigma Amongst The Hijras of India - The book “Neither Man nor Women” is an ethnography about the Hijras of India published in 1990. Serena Nanda, author of the book, is a professor of Anthropology in City University of New York. When beginning her fieldwork in the study of the Hijras, she only had brief information about the Hijras since there was not much written about them before. Nanda knew she would encounter conflict in communicating with the Indian community and that she would need translators. In the city she settled in, Bastipore, which is located in south central India, there were three spoken languages....   [tags: indian community,etnography,serena nanda]
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The Role of the Reflexive Ethnographer - The Role of the Reflexive Ethnographer Works Cited Missing The role of the reflexive ethnographer has been constantly defined and redefined since the beginning of the study of anthropology. The use of reflexivity has and will always be questioned in anthropology. Malinowski, who was a pioneer in the field of anthropology, discouraged the use of reflexivity; he, instead, believed that anthropology was scientific and could produce “concrete evidence” (Malinowski 17). Reflexivity is way in which anthropologists try to get rid of this scientific and rigid anthropology; it is a move towards an emotional and self-reflective anthropology....   [tags: Anthropology Culture Reflexivity Essays] 1238 words
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Examining the Views of Ethnographic Writers - The ethnography of musical performance poses many complex problems to ethnomusicologists. In exploring issues of fieldwork and representation, ethnomusicologist Michelle Kisliuk argues that, “the focus on field ethnography is clearly essential to performance ethnography” (1997, p. 41). Kisliuk outlines three interdependent questions, two of which I wish to examine here. Her first question considers the concept and location of the “field” as used in fieldwork; her second examines the language employed in ethnographic descriptions....   [tags: Music] 1170 words
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Ethnographic Interests of Xenophon - Xenophon, the son of Athenian wealthy family, was exiled because of his assistance for the enemies of Athenians. He claimed that he was yearning for a thrilling adventure; as a result, he decided to join Cyrus’s expedition against his brother Artaxerxes, the Persian King along with the Greek mercenaries. Though Anabasis is more about the record of the Greeks’’ struggle and hardship during their retreat in the hostile territory, Xenophon writes Anabasis as his interest of ethnography. Ethnography is a study of human cultures....   [tags: Greek Military, Tactics, Athens] 1292 words
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An Ethnographic Study of Social Change in Amish Society - An Ethnographic Study of Social Change in Amish Society On March 23, 1998, I carried out an interview and field observation to confirm a previous hypothesis on Amish social change and survival. I hypothesized, based on library research and personal experience, that Amish society was not static but dynamic and affected by many factors such as economics and cultural survival. In order to check the validity of my hypothesis I arranged to spend a full Sunday (March 23, 1998), with an Amish family....   [tags: Religion Culture Heritage Papers]
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A Personal Ethnographic Report on Halloween - When I learned that I would have to do my ethnographic report on what I did during Halloween, I was worried because I live in Turnpike and the most excitement that happens in turnpike is the sound of the garbage truck when it comes to pick up the Wednesday trash. Fortunately something did happen to me and I realized I would not have to write a boring paper of how I woke up and just stayed in my room the whole day. Well the day started off with me waking up and walking to the bathroom to take a shower, as soon as the turned the water on I realized I had left my shower and rather than turning off my shower I stayed in because the warmth of the hot water was too seductive for me to get out and...   [tags: halloween, bus] 769 words
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Ethnographic study at McDonalds - This essay focuses on the topic of globalization, taking along several other factors with it. Increasingly in the world, it becomes obvious that the globalization is affecting almost all the businesses of the world. Every market in some way or the other is following the principles of globalization. For example, McDonalds is a chain of restaurants working in collaboration to deliver their customers with the best product and to achieve this McDonalds follows the concepts of globalization. This essay will discuss anc ethnographic study at McDonalds examining whether it confirms or denies the claims made about globalization....   [tags: globalization]
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Ethnographic Essay: The Boston Common Park - ... I observed how they interacted with one another. I also took note of an estimated length of time spent interacting. More precisely, I was concerned about the form of interaction and the freedom of interaction between those present. To be able to interact and observe closely at the level of interaction, I went and requested the master of ceremony to allow me to make observations for academic purposes. The master of ceremony was intrigued to note that such a function can be used for academic purposes....   [tags: social interactions, power, wealth, status] 1024 words
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