The Field work experience is personal? Is this good or bad? Reggie Moore

8 Feb

When talking about the field work experience, one must take into consideration the person who is going to be studying. Being a part of your own society influences your viewpoints on other societies.  An anthropologist has to almost completely forget his own culture in order to become part of another society. By doing this it eliminates any bias that the person might have about a said culture and you enter the society with a clear mind, ready to learn and ultimately become part of that culture. Because of this, the field work experience is a very personal matter.

This can be both a good and a bad thing. I believe that it is good because in order to learn as much about another culture as possible, one needs to feel as if they are just like any member in that society. So in order to do that, you need to change yourself a bit so that way this is possible. That being said, it is also a bad thing.  The field work experience seems as if it takes a emotional toll on the anthropologist because while living in another foreign society you sort of forget the one that you came from, which is not necessarily good. Because of this, I think that the field word experience is risky in the sense because there is a chance that you could lose your original cultural identity or even change how you view your own cultures in a bad way.

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5 Responses to “The Field work experience is personal? Is this good or bad? Reggie Moore”

  1. Sharon February 9, 2011 at 1:10 am #

    I agree with your response. I think that while one can understand a culture better when one chooses to interact and make themselves a part of society, it can also be bad for the individual. If the culture of another society differs to much with their own culture to the point that it makes them uncomfortable, that is bad. The field work experience can have an impact anthropologists emotionally and physically because it exposes them to different elements regarding thoughts, behavior, beliefs and even food.

  2. Tristan K. February 9, 2011 at 2:30 am #

    Reggie I agree with you as an anthropologist your first responsibility is to your informants and to the community your observing so changing your personality and your mindset is a necessity. This can be bad due to the possibility that you might forget your own culture

  3. sap5019 February 9, 2011 at 5:08 am #

    I agree with your blog post Reggie. I think that when you choose to try to be a part of another culture you have to give up your old cultural habits, and that can be very risky when you leave the camp site. I think that when it gets to a point where you have to do things that you’re uncomfortable with, it is not going to be a good experience.

  4. srb7248 February 10, 2011 at 4:53 am #

    I would have to agree with Reggie because I believe is good and bad i think that it is bad because you are not getting the full experience when you enter another culture and you spread things from your culture because it like you are minipulating what the tribe is going to do, and I would say its good because there is something that you are going to learn positive about the tribe when you work with them for long, dont video your experence, and learn there language and lifestyle traditions.

  5. sme1471 February 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    personally i agrre becuase i think that when antropologist are in an enviromnet with new people, they have to ctually experince the culture, in order for somone to actully relate to it. It is supposed to be a learnign experince and in order for one to learn thhey have to be engaged to gain those experinces.

    -malin 🙂

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