Chapter 3 - Fieldwork


You should learn...

  1. what the steps are to prepare for anthropological fieldwork.
  2. what sorts of problems are often encountered in fieldwork.
  3. how anthropologists make use of the scientific method.
  4. what methods anthropologists use for gathering data.
  5. the key ethical values essential to anthropological research.


Key Terms and Concepts

cultural ecology        functionalism        culture shock

acculturation            rapport                participant observation

random sample        informant             key informant

formal interview        informal interview    genealogical method

life history method    structural functionalism    life shock


Some Important People and Societies

Bronislaw Malinowski    A.R. Radcliffe-Brown        Napolean Chagnon




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