Module I, Introduction

Essay on the Dani:

Unit I. Introdution, IIA. Reseach Methods

Consider Heider's entry into Dani culture and his other fieldwork experiences as examples of ethnographic data gathering methods in anthropology. Describe and evaluate his ethnographic approach in light of the techniques, issues, and problems of fieldwork discussed in readings and lectures. The relevant passages are to be found on pp. 3-19 of the Grand Valley Dani. You should be particularly concerned with the sources of bias that may have affected the objectivity and accuracy of his reporting as discussed in section IIB of this module.

Length: 500 words.

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