Re: person-centered ethnography

Bterr (
15 Aug 1995 16:25:08 -0400

Years ago, the field of ethnoscience frequently used individual informants
and elicited their cognitive frames of reference. Sometimes just one
informant was used. Other times, the opinions of other informants were
elicited as secondary informants to create the "ideal omniscient
informant". Obviously, one of the biggest problems of the cognitive maps
produced by ethnoscience was that it was difficult to go from the specific
to the general. Eventually, I and quite a few others began to supplement
ethnoscience data with observational material and data from surveys to get
a more complete picture.