Ethnographic Methods Notes: Feb 17, 2014

When re-writing the first assignment when I include anthropological jargon which are just terms from the book- I have to underline them, then immediately define them. Words such as naive realism, culture, sub-culture, micro-culture, ethnocentric, ethnography, folk terms, – things like that. I can go to the Chryst writing center if I need help and the library has this sessions as part of the writing center as well…they said they’d work with me or you or anyone for half an hour on making a paper better, becoming a better writing- and that doesn’t really mean anything, beside fixing your grammar and that semi-colon doesn’t go there and getting to the point without wasting 200 words talking about sloth buttonholes. That hasn’t happened to me but its probably something that I would talk about, because other than that I think I write just fine. 

So here’s some shit I picked up from class that would work well in the next paper. As far as defining definitions go- apparently all this is so understandable to everyone else… “unfamiliar territory,” “perspective of anthropologist,” “culture on other side of door,” “foreign to his own,” “researching culture is the whole idea behind ethnography,” “or if you are sitting at home watching house wives and you are just fucking curious,” “without bias,” “open ended question,”  “wondering,” 

The paper (Writing Assignment 1, and then 2) should have no heading. no name, date, or course. Name will be penciled in- none of this goes in because its part of a bigger report which I will put together later on. An Ethnography of Pilots: Yeah, that should go on top. The paper will be all fixed up. Oh with page numbers and everything. It will be written as if it is April 15th. I have two options for the introduction: A.) Fancy. B.) Straightforward.

Analytic terms will be underlined which is what I started talking about in the first paragraph up there. Folk Terms are in Italics. 

This second paper is where they start to get all personal on me: How did you get started, Sarah? Why did you pick what you did, Sarah? Don’t worry I will bullshit you a really good answer Ethnographic Methods class. Outcasts are really good at that. That’s why anthropologists on their little field adventures stay away from us as much as possible. God…I wish I was kidding but that’s actually something we went over in class: Don’t talk to the outcast because they don’t have many friends…for whatever reason. They could give you a distorted view of the culture you are studying. How did you locate your informant, Sarah? What happened when you contacted him, Sarah? Maybe you have much to say about that- maybe you do not. Don’t forget, include your own reaction, Sarah. And write in first person, Sarah, and leave the blood out of it this time. OK, Sarah?

Papers one and two will merge together. Just like papers 3, 4, 5, 23- they all merge in the end. Then she gives us some great pointers on how to not write like we don’t know what we’re talking about and we’ve never taken a really great english course before. Not that anyone cares about grammar in the 21st century lol jk. But seriously I guess if you are aiming for something great- like graduation or grad school that yeah..that shit matters…Called technical errors.

  1. Anthropologist is singular. None of Anthropologist they- it’s Anthropologist his/her. Something about a pronoun that needs to match a subject. If it is plural: Anthropologists their.
  2. ; Semi-Colon. Used between two complete sentences. Subject + verb. Each side of semicolon could stand alone. also side note Jess says —complete sentence 1—-; However,—complete sentence 2——. Completely correct and looks totally pro.
  3. : Colon ________,__________,__________ a listing. The colon means that which follows.
  4. Punctuation goes inside quotation marks…culture.” 
  5. The person WHO not the person THAT- because people are people not things. ………….
  6. Oh have you got a quote from the book? So fucking cool! But that quote better include all the author’s last names not just one you picked because it was the easiest to spell. Example: experience.” (McCurdy, Spradely, and Shandy 2005:5) That’s how references will be. That’s standard. (ibid) Same everything (ibid:9) same, except page.
  7. Comma separates whole sentence from whole sentence. I went to work today, and slip. NO. Oh nooooo you didn’t not with that grammatical error, I bet that that shit was fucking bananas. There- right there the separation of two complete sentences. That’s how you use a comma. One guy raised his hand and said, uh, how is that different from a semi-colon. And Dr. Professor basically said well, it’s all about flavor. Semi-colons are just like the fucking cayenne pepper on a good Mexican dish. 
  8. This is really enough for tonight I’ll finish in the morning. 



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