The Field work experience is personal? Is this good or bad? Josue Luna

8 Feb

As human beings, we are constantly judging things. Whether it be foreign, whether it be right in front of our very two own eyes. There’s nothing wrong with judging, actually its second nature. We do it without noticing that we did it. As an anthropologist it is important to not judge things, but accept them or even embrace them. When in the field it is essential to intake, and be exposed to as much as possible. At the same time you are trying to not affect the culture in a way possible, that may change their way of living.

Field work experience can be personal but then again it can’t be it depends on your take. The experience isn’t personal when your standing back taking notes, and observations. Its personal when you engage with that very same culture. Why write about what you see, when you can just walk up and feel.


4 Responses to “The Field work experience is personal? Is this good or bad? Josue Luna”

  1. Christina Jenkins February 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    I think I’d like to clarify the question to be: What are the benefits and dangers of participant observation? Think about the film about Napoleon Chagnon (and the conversation we had during class) when you’re responding to this question.

  2. Tristan K. February 9, 2011 at 2:21 am #

    In response to Josue I think culture shapes. Personality because different people have different views, our views are different based on us being a Western culture. Anthropologists study human behavior , thoughts and feelings. As an anthropologists it’s your job to learn as much about a culture as you can without influencing them or mixing your culture with theirs,you are just an observer.

    Field experience can be personal depending on how far your willingly to go. Fieldwork requires a relationship of trust between fieldwork and informants. In the video the anthropologists was not accepted into the culture at first,they lied to him and gave him fake names. He could of gave up and just kept observing and staying on the aidelines

    • Tristan K. February 9, 2011 at 2:24 am #

      *on the sidelines but he decided to engage in the cultures daily life and as a result he was accepted as a family member

  3. sog7487 February 9, 2011 at 4:40 am #

    In response to Josue, Humans will always have a point of view, bias or unbiased or judging right and wrong. I completely agree with Josue on the point he made that an Anthropologist should not bring any opinion on the culture and to simply observe and collect information and try to obtain a “real” experience by not influencing the culture in anyway. As far as how close a person can get in the field, it should be engaging but not influencing.

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