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analysis of an ethnography – Return to Laughter by Elenore Smith-Bowen

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ethnography

An analysis

ethnography

An analysis

Ethnography (from the HYPERLINK “http /pedia .counsellingresource .com /openpedia /Greek_language ” \o “Greek language ” Greek nation writing ) refers to the genre of writing that presents HYPERLINK “http /pedia .counsellingresource .com /openpedia /Qualitative_research ” \o “Qualitative research ” qualitative of human social phenomena , based on HYPERLINK “http /pedia .counsellingresource .com /openpedia /Fieldwork ” \o “Fieldwork ” fieldwork

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each other . The genre has both formal and historical connections to travel writing and colonial office reports . Several academic traditions , in particular the HYPERLINK “http /pedia .counsellingresource .com /openpedia /Constructivism ” \o “Constructivism ” constructivist and HYPERLINK “http /pedia .counsellingresource .com /openpedia /Relativism ” \o “Relativism ” relativist paradigms , claim ethnographic research as a valid research method ( HYPERLINK “http /en .wikipedia .org /wiki /Relativism http /en .wikipedia .org /wiki /Relativism

In a publish narrative under a pseudonym Laura Bohannans . Laura Bohannon , in her book Return to Laughter (Bowen , Elenore , 1954 Doubleday , describes a dilemma , first hand , when disease begins to rage through an African country

Author ‘s motive to undertake the research

That no one with me knew more English was my own fault , and my set intent . It had been the first advice given me . `Never use an interpreter ‘ my professors had intoned , `or you ‘ll never learn the language properly (Bowen , 1954 . pg .8

To learn the language and follow the traditions of notable anthropologist by living among the subject of study in is the impetus of genuine anthropology

`You ‘ll learn the language more quickly ‘ Sackerton had confirmed cheerfully “if no one around you can speak any English . The cook ‘s bit of pidgin was my compromise between their counsel and my misgivings . I could at least get food and water through him — when he was with me Right now he was in back with my drinking water , and I couldn ‘t tell the driver to stop . As the truck went on and on , I sincerely hoped that the other advice I ‘d taken would prove more immediately helpful . (Bowen 1954 . pg .8

theoretical or practical impetus to research

The author accomplished anthropology via an active practical or relativism approach , consisted of various theories each of which claims that some element or aspect of experience or culture is relative to , i .e , dependent on , some other element or aspect ( HYPERLINK “http /en .wikipedia .org /wiki /Relativism http /en .wikipedia .org /wiki /Relativism

For example , some relativists claim that humans can understand and evaluate beliefs and behaviors only in terms of their HYPERLINK “http /en .wikipedia .org /wiki /History ” \o “History ” \t “_blank historical or HYPERLINK “http /en .wikipedia .org /wiki /Culture ” \o “Culture ” \t “_blank ” cultural context . The term often refers to HYPERLINK “http /en .wikipedia .org /wiki /Truth ” \o “Truth ” \t “_blank truth relativism , which is the doctrine that there are no HYPERLINK “http /en .wikipedia… [banner_entry_footer]

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