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3: Doing Fieldwork - Methods in Cultural Anthropology (Nelson)

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  • Page ID
    5160
  • LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    • Discuss what is unique about ethnographic fieldwork and how it emerged as a key strategy in anthropology.
    • Explain how traditional approaches to ethnographic fieldwork contrast with contemporary approaches.
    • Identify some of the contemporary ethnographic fieldwork techniques and perspectives.
    • Discuss some of the ethical considerations in doing anthropological fieldwork.
    • Summarize how anthropologists transform their fieldwork data into a story that communicates meaning.

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