Ethnography Or Field Research Is Vital For The Study Of Anthropology

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According to Columbia University in the City of New York (2016), ethnography or field research is:
A sociological method that explores how people live and makes sense of their lives with one another in particular places. The focus might be on a people and the meaning they produce through everyday interactions, or places, and the organizational logics that guide our activities. (para. 1).
Ethnography is vital for the study of Anthropology because in order for an Anthropologist to understand how cultures work, they need to practice field research. As we have talked about in our online class discussions field research is very crucial. This is crucial because one can not get a full understanding of how and why another culture lives in the way that they do just from reading journals. As any other profession there are strengths and weaknesses to what is being studied, researched, and many other techniques. I previously mentioned that in order for an Anthropologist to understand how and why cultures live they must perform field research. The old saying the grass appears greener from the other side is often true in many cultures. This is referred to as ideal culture; how people think the culture works. Ethnography discovers real culture; what actual occurs in that culture. Not only does ethnography define the difference between ideal and real culture, but cultural relativism and ethnocentrism as well.
Culture relativism refers to recognizing the validity of all cultures.…

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