Emic Perspective In Anthropology

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Studying the human culture with looking into another culture from an up-close and clear perspective can make us understand a better meaning of their culture and their way of living. By looking at another culture without being objective or biased can be a burden for most people. With that said, we must use emic and etic perspectives to study their culture. Emic is a perspective from an insider’s view examining a culture from the inside of the culture itself. Etic perspective is studying the culture that’s not related of that culture looking through someone else’s view as an outsider. Over the course of this assignment I will use an etic perspective to study the details of a culture to another culture with an emic perspective, to give a better …show more content…
As Crapo (2013) describes it, “An emic description or analysis—that is, an insider’s or native’s meaningful account—may be written for outsiders but portrays a culture and its meanings as the insider understands it” (p.27). In the article, Television, disordered eating, and young women in Fiji, Becker (2004) directs to a research of rapid social changes of young women that are affected through media. 3 years after 1998 it was directed in television was first broadcasted in Fiji.
Due to the fact of being exposed to media imagery, it has affected adolescents and youth adults everywhere around the world. . “Population studies demonstrate that transnational migration, modernization, and urbanization are associate with elevated risk of disorded eating among girls and young women” (Anderson and Becker, 2004). According to Fijian traditions, it is normal to have bulky physique for men and women. Dr. Becker analyzed 63 of secondary girls from Fiji; averaged age of 17 not having this body type was very concerning. Many of the students mentioned to Dr. Becker about the women they saw on the television and yearning to look like them. Several of the students transformed their look and acted a different way also changing their wardrobe. “Clinical experience suggests that young women may be especially vulnerable to the illusion that the self can be reshaped and remade” (Becker, 2004). Evidently, many of the students were pressured with the influences they saw in social media causing them to look thin and leading to have poor health

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