Ethnographic Research

In this video, David and Judith MacDougall spent several years among the Turkana of northwestern Kenya engaged in ethnographic research. In this selection, the MacDougalls describe the process of initiating contact and laying the groundwork for an ethnographic film of the Turkana people. https://wwnorton.com/common/mplay/6.7/?p=/college/anthro/culturalanthro/vid/a-wife-among-wives-1&cc=1

 

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How long did it take for the MacDougalls to begin filming? Why did they wait so long? How important are personal relationships in doing ethnographic research? How did the Turkana respond when the MacDougalls asked what they should film if they want to depict how the Turkana live? At one point, a Turkana woman turns the camera on the anthropologist. How important is the exchange of ideas for ethnographic research? How do you think that exchange might affect the MacDougalls’s perception of their own culture? First Post (400 words)  Replies (250 words) For more information read this:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnography

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