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Participant Observation

The method anthropologists use to gather information by living as closely as possible to the people whose culture they are studying while participating in their lives as much as possible

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Enthography

An anthropologists written or filmed description of a particular culture

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Positivism

The view that there is a reality “out there” that can be known through the senses and that there is a single, appropriate set of scientific methods for investigating that reality

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Objective Knowledge

knowledge about reality that is absolute and true

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Intersubjective meanings

The shared, public symbolic systems of a culture

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Reflexivity

Critically thinking about the way one thinks; reflecting on one’s own experience

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Multisited Fieldwork

Ethnographic research on cultural processes that are not contained by social, ethnic, religious, or national boundaries, in which the ethnographer follows the process from site to site, often doing fieldwork at sites with persons who traditionally were never subjected to ethnographic analysis

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Dialectic of Fieldwork

The process of building a bridge of understanding between anthropologist and informants so that each can begin to understand the other

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Culture Shock

The feeling that develops in people living in an unfamiliar society when they cannot understand what is happening around them

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Fact

A widely accepted observation, a taken-for-granted item of common knowledge. Facts do not speak for themselves; only when they are interpreted and placed in a context of meaning do they become intelligible.