Re: Cultural Survival?

Matt Tomaso (Tomaso@MAIL.UTEXAS.EDU)
Wed, 10 Jan 1996 12:02:33 -0600

To what extent does an ethnographer who is banished from "interference"
actually participate?

Should ethnography be participant observation or observant participation?

What doors are closed to the participant observer which might be open to
the observant participant?

Thinking of the Mead-Freeman example, which is - perhaps- too clear cut, how
reliable is ethnographic information which has been gathered under the
hegemony of the "prime directive." I ask these questions not because I wish
to fan any flames, but because these predicaments are just a few of the
reasons I have consciously avoided involvement in ethnographic practice.

Enjoying the discussion.

Matt Tomaso
U. Texas Austin

It is a sick and beautiful world.