Is Data Collection Important When Interpreting Living Cultures?

716 Words Dec 4th, 2015 3 Pages
This week we discussed ethnology and historical contexts. we looked at emic versus etic approaches to studying cultures. Emic the inside perspective as opposed to etic the outside perspective. We learned about participant observation data collection. We also learned about real versus ideal behavior when interpreting culture. Real vs ideal behavior is used In Living cultures. when anthropologists go and live with subjects they get a better idea of how cultures really operate. When just asking questions people may answer in a way that makes them appear more normal however this behavior is usually dropped once an anthropologist goals and lives with a group for an extended period of time. We discussed how the use of written law, if applicable can demonstrate the context of cultural behavior. Also how historical background comes into play.The example of this was the second Amendment. we talked about a sonography and data source from whole communities such as holistic genealogy rituals and economy. we also learn about the mole people living underground in New York. I learned that data collection Is very important when interpreting living cultures. There 's a lot more that you can learn about living cultures with certainty because you can observe actual behaviors. when interpreting extinct cultures everything is pretty much speculation even though the speculation is based on science. There is quantitative and qualitative data and asking questions and watching the…

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