On Theories of Fieldwork and the Scientific Character of Social Anthropology

  title={On Theories of Fieldwork and the Scientific Character of Social Anthropology},
  author={Ian Charles Jarvie},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={223 - 242}
  • I. Jarvie
  • Published 1 September 1967
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy of Science
The following intellectual as opposed to practical reasons for all anthropologists doing fieldwork are examined: fieldwork: (1) records dying societies, (2) corrects ethnocentric bias, (3) helps put customs in their true context, (4) helps get the "feel" of a place, (5) helps to get to understand a society from the inside, (6) enables appreciation of what translating one culture into terms of another involves, (7) makes one a changed man, (8) provides the observational, factual basis for… 
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