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Asking and listening : ethnography as personal adaptation / Paul Bohannan, Dirk van der Elst.

Bohannan, Paul (Author). Van der Elst, Dirk (Added Author).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Berklee College of Music.

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Stan Getz Library GN345 .B64 1998 37684001064447 Library Stacks Copy hold / Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0881339873
  • ISBN: 9780881339871
  • Physical Description: vii, 107 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: Prospect Heights, Ill. : Waveland Press, c1998.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Pt. I. Alien beings with human faces. The others ; Becoming you ; Ethnography before anthropology ; The discovery of culture and the discovery of comparison -- Pt. II. Improving the observers. The beginnings of ethnographic fieldwork ; Participant observation ; Using aliem ideas to examine our own ; Comparing cultures ; The morass of cultural relativism ; Premises and ethnography ; Their culture--and yours ; Does ethnography falsify reality? ; Beyond academe ; Culture shock ; The aliens next door ; The collapse of colonialism ; Who speaks for whom? -- Part III. Ethnography as a survival mechanism. The democratization of ethnography ; Ethnography and applied anthropology ; Ethnography in business and industry ; Ethnography and creativity : art, science, and engineering ; Ethnography and government ; The internet : non-lineal ethnography -- Part IV. The curse of ethnocentrism. Ethnocentrism in a culture with many lifestyles ; Ethnocentrism in a shrinking world ; Tempocentrism and the future.
Summary, etc.:
"Asking and Listening is the first book to trace the changing ways in which human beings have learned to look at "the Others Beyond the Gate" with their strange languages and stranger customs. Not a history of ethnography so much as a chronicle of its uses and potentials, Asking and Listening examines the premises of ethnography and concerns itself with a wide range of issues such as ethnocentrism and the morass of cultural relativism, the cultures of corporations, and the meaning of ethnography for government policy. It ends with an examination of the problems in charting our tomorrows: ethnography in the information age, and for the future. Through its pragmatic analysis of cultures as storehouses of alternatives in the way universal problems can and have been approached, Asking and Listening offers students not merely the opportunity to make sense of descriptions of other peoples' lifeways, but makes such ethnographic knowledge immediately useful in their own lives and choices and career plans. Book jacket"--Book jacket.
Subject: Ethnology > Methodology
Ethnology > Philosophy

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