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...lve into research with an agenda? Perhaps with a political agenda to outcast a certain group or persons from one’s own community? It is well known that such conclusions can be drawn from many historical incidents such as the censoring of the Native American Peoples’ practices, the numerous Anti-Semitic movements of the world and European imperialism, even extending to some films and literature. Also, why and how are religious/spiritual rites and beliefs difficult to decipher from simple social norms and values in societies in which the Anthropologist is freshly introduced? How can this be empirically decoded into a formal process of observation so as to prevent the occurrence of the mistakes that Miner describes? Answering questions like these I believe, is critical to truly and objectively understanding a culture not of our own without assigning meanings beforehand.
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