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By Paloma Gay y Blasco

The right way to learn Ethnography is a useful consultant to imminent anthropological texts. Laying naked the valuable conventions of ethnographic writing, it is helping scholars to increase a severe realizing of texts and explains tips to determine and examine the middle principles so one can follow those rules to different parts of analysis. particularly it permits scholars to learn ethnographies anthropologically and to enhance an anthropological mind's eye in their personal. Combining lucid reasons with choices from key texts, this glorious consultant is perfect examining for these new to the topic or short of a refresher direction. contains excerpts from key ethnographies bargains balanced and revolutionary reader actions and routines offers examining routines, a thesaurus and entire bankruptcy summaries Teaches an self sustaining method of the research of anthropology

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Conclusions My narrow argument has been that there is a strong case for distinguishing between gatherer-hunters and their neighbours, though the distinction in terms of mode of subsistence may not be clear-cut in that the former pursue cultivation of a sort and the latter pursue gathering and hunting. The difference between them relates to their distinct views of the environment that they share, which center around different metaphors: ‘nature is parent’ and ‘nature is an ancestor’. The gathererhunters’ economic system, constructed in terms of giving in relation to the metaphor ‘forest is parent’, implies that people have a strong ethic of sharing and at the same time practise demand sharing; they make demands on people to share but not to produce more.

In the following passage of his monograph, Rattray begins to establish how the human sacrifices that had formerly occurred on the death of a king can be understood by placing oneself within the experiential world of the Asante. One aspect, however, of these funeral rites of the Ashante king has attracted much attention. This is the so-called ‘blood-lust’, and the consequent apparently indiscriminate slaughter of victims . . I am sure . . that my older friends, venerable greybearded folk who themselves were actors in these events, will not object to the English public knowing the facts, which will help, I hope, to free the Ashanti from the stigma of having been bloodthirsty and ferocious savages before we took over the government of their country.

Ethnographers concentrate on and isolate those specific features that bear on the question 40 How to Read Ethnography in hand, describing only those aspects of experience that they think are significant for understanding a practice, a belief or a people. These dimensions are given greater explanatory weight so that once again, detail throws light on context and vice-versa. Although his focus is very different from Barth’s, like him Paul Antze (1987) engages in differentiation in his study of an Alcoholics Anonymous group.

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