Naive question

Ted (
7 Dec 96 03:23:23 GMT

Hey, all. I'm only _slowly_ making my way into an anthro program, with
virtually no background; the following question may seem kinda naive, so
please forgive me...

In cultural anthro, under what sort of circumstances would an 'emic'
description or analysis be preferable to an 'etic' description or
analysis, assuming both were available?

Thanks in advance,