Discussing ethnography and ethnographic disciplines in general, whether or not they are exclusive to anthropology as a discipline. Folkloristics, market research, ethnomusicology, microsociology, microeconomics, microhistory...

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What are the strengths of ethnography as a research strategy? 39 Replies

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN. Last reply by Bob Williams Mar 28, 2014.

Reading Ethnography 3 Replies

Started by Guilherme L J Falleiros. Last reply by John McCreery Mar 25, 2010.

Multi-sited ethnography

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN Oct 18, 2009.

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Comment by Cristina Sá Valentim on July 6, 2009 at 1:02am

I think that what makes anthropology an unique discipline, i.e. different from sociology, is the way anthropologists do their observations and analysis, the method. And here, the ethnography, is what gives an identity to anthropology. So, we think about human practices and thoughts from our placing in the field through a conversation with... like Geertz says, from our engajement with the people and places, doing thick description (Geertz).... from doing ethnography. We, anthropologists, think about large issues from particular living voices and practices, which are intelegible through ethnographic research.

In my opinion, Alexandre, etnhography don't belong to Anthropology because it can be usefull to other sciences as a method (but it emerged from the malinowskian observations in a colonial time)... and is what gives the skeleton to Anthropology. Because without the ethnography, anthropology would become other social science, near to history or sociology.
Comment by Alexandre Enkerli on June 16, 2009 at 2:23pm
Well, out of 17 group members, there are surely some who'd like to say something. My guess is that people are busy but that there'll be new discussions within the week.
Comment by John McCreery on June 16, 2009 at 7:07am
We seem to have hit a wall. Where is everybody? A conversation is like a dance. It takes at least two to tango.
Comment by paul scott thompson on June 12, 2009 at 8:09pm
I live in eastern kentucky culture. value system not same as large cities,
Comment by Alexandre Enkerli on June 11, 2009 at 10:12am
Thanks Hulya (via Keith) for the tip. I have been thinking about that text since it came out. On the other hand, I tend to take the reverse position, from ethnography looking at anthropology.
Comment by Keith Hart on June 11, 2009 at 9:34am
A link to Ingold's text.
Comment by Keith Hart on June 11, 2009 at 8:54am
Posted on behalf of Hulya Demirdirek:

I am not member of the Ethnography group. I do not want to make myself member each time I have a single sentence to say, I cannot keep the pace. I am only reading. I wanted to remind Tim Ingold's 2007 lecture "Anthropology is not ethnography". Here is at anyway on British Academy page full text.
It starts saying
THE OBJECTIVE of anthropology, I believe, is to seek a generous, comparative but nevertheless critical understanding of human being and knowing in the one world we all inhabit. The objective of ethnography is to describe the lives of people other than ourselves, with an accuracy and sensitivity honed by detailed observation and prolonged first-hand experience. My thesis is that anthropology and ethnography are endeavours of quite different kinds.
Comment by Alexandre Enkerli on June 9, 2009 at 10:45pm
Does ethnography belong to anthropology?

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