ATH 450-01

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*** SYLLABUS ***

Basic overview, 4 branches of ATH

the 4 questions

  • why do human beings differ in their beliefs and behaviors?
  • Is it possible to see the world thru te eyes of others?
  • How can meaning that others find in experience be interpreted and described?

Why do human beings differ in their beliefs and behaviors? Culture

  • shared, socially learned body of beliefs, knowledge and patterns of behavior

Ethnographic fieldwork

  • the systematic study of a people, using participant-observation, interview, recording of life histories and other narratives

what is participant-obs?

  • learn language
  • take up residence
  • ask quesstions and atempt cultural activities
  • stay for extended periods (9mos)
  • keep notes

how can meaning that others find in experience be interpreted and described? ethnography

  • systematic report about a people
  • takes written form
  • in major part based on field research
  • after that, other sources can be consulted
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