Ethnographic Methods Class Notes: March 3, 2014: “You network is your net worth”

*Read Chapter 6* So.Interviews. What’s the difference between an interview and an ethnographic interview: You know. Who fucking knows. Anthropologist’s know. Archeologists know. Probably a few other people know too. Structure. Characteristics of Cultural Knowledge Analysis. Interview is focused on what’s being said. Ethnographic interview is focus on what category what’s being said goes into.

Folk Term: Specialized insiders language. I know i’ve been over this four times. It won’t stick. 

*Cultural* Knowledge of Pilot * Where ever that fits, whatever that mean. 

  • Domains inside domains
  • Taxonomies inside taxonomies
  • Categories inside categories
  1. Steps
  2. Parts of
  3. Kinds of
  4. “Styles”

Cover term: Label of included terms

Ethnosemantics is type of research method. Looking at how people talk about things how people organize language, cultural knowledge. 

Next Paper/Paper 3: Giving summary of micro culture (pages 17-20) Characteristics. Idea of- I thought it would be great for me to study ________________ “culture really foreign” _____________________ important for Anthropologists to study nothing they know about _________________ makes Enthography process easier.  “Overview” of Micro-Culture. Not very detailed. Mentioning all categories that would be in final ethnography. Due March 10. (Have yet to go over emergencies with dad: mechanical, medial, pilot error, weather…) (should go over instruments in cockpit…culture of pilot….hmm missing something..)

Kinds of checks? Pre-flight…safety…I am so lost here. Downed, dead, and floating face up in a cesspool overflow of info. 

I think most important are “building time” and “Seniority” but professor doesn’t quiet agree? There is no simple taxonomy for pilot culture, that I can think of. From end of spring break we should be working on taxonomies and paradigms. Structure. Continu asking mini tour questions. Taxonomic Structure. Will work out if you can read it backwards. 

Field Note Analysis: 

  • Air Manufacturer
  • Type of Plane
  • Manufacturer date of plane
  • Size of Plane (seating)
  • Cockpit Controls
  • Hub
  • Spoke
  • Unruly Passenger Causes/Solutions
  • Building Time Process
  • Seniority 
  • People on the plane
  • Operations
  • What to do in Emergency/Medical 
  • Typical Day

Paradigms are Key Taxonomies. Will have 5 or 6 Taxonomies and 3 Paradigms. 

Attribute Questions: Final type of question, (pulls real detail) cultural detail will come to you. Enables the ethnographer to realize how informant distinguished one item from another. Questions: 1. Descriptive 2. Structural 3. Attribute 

*Contrast Set* When you understand this you understand the cultural knowledge

Group of terms included under single term at the next higher level.

To keep in mind: Separate culture from personal opinion.

Types of Attribute Questions:

  • Triatic: Which two are more alike _________________ or _____________________?
  • a___________ + b_________________+ c _________________ are these all apart of something?  Is there another way you can sort these?
  • Definition: you listed __________ what are they?
  • Comparison: How are ____________ different from _____________________? (Joystick/Yoke)
  • Judgement: Which kind of plane is best? Which kind of rank is best? 




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