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Week 4 Introduction to the Social Sciences: Anthropology

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  1. Week 4Introduction to the Social Sciences: Anthropology Prof. Joel Stocker, Ph.D. Kaohsiung Medical University

  2. Schedule Highlights • Today: Hand in your written Assignment: field work exercise (2-3 pages in English) • Week 5: Quiz 2 (during discussion section) • Dec. 8: Guest speaker, Dr. Huang (Friday, 2PM)

  3. Ethnography • Doing field work • participant observation • informants, assistants, participants (as well as reports, journals, etc.) • interviews: open-ended, semi-structured, and structured • surveys • other • Writing about cultures • Examples of anthropological ethnographic studies • Issues and dilemmas (academic training, fieldwork, ethnography, career)

  4. Next Week’s Reading Schultz & Lavenda (2005): • Chapter 14. Dimensions of Inequality in the Contemporary World. • Chapter 15. A Global World. • Chapter 16. Anthropology in Everyday Life.

  5. HAND IN ASSIGNMENT • Due today: Fieldwork exercise (2-3 typed, printed pages in English) • Make sure that your name, ID number, the date, and the course name are on the first page of your assignment.

  6. Discussion Questions • Why have there been such strong views about writing in anthropology? Why is it seen to be so important? • Does focusing on writing and representation limit anthropology’s scientific relevance? • What’s the difference between an ethnography and a novel? (Hint: Fieldwork) • Discussion of Nanook of the North’s representation of the Inuit (Eskimos).