For Anthropology 2017 we discussed cultural relativism and ethnography using three readings:

  • A part of Lavenda & Schultz chapter 8, “How Does the Idea of Cultural Relativism Help Us?” (237-246) in Anthropology: What Does it Mean to be Human?
  • Lavenda & Schultz module 3, “On Ethnographic Methods.”
  • “Shakespeare in the Bush” by Laura Bohannan, originally in Natural History (1966). “Shakespeare in the Bush” is a classic article which can be used to talk about fieldwork and ethnography. It is also often useful to talk about language or human nature. For more on this versatile article see the thoughts at Shakespeare in the Bush.

Additional Resources on Ethnography

June 2017: Erin B. Taylor discusses How to Talk about Money: Ethnographic Approaches to Financial Life. Taylor’s post contains a number of useful ethnographic pointers for looking at contemporary finances. “Ethnographers are successfully adapting classic methodologies to new settings and research demands.” See also the March 2017 edited volume An Anthropology of Money: A Critical Introduction.

See 2017: An Ethnographic Renaissance? for an interview with sociologist Matthew Desmond. Desmond is the author of the 2017 book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

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