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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Ethnography: Anthropology And Field Work

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Ethnography is one of the sciences that comes from anthropology and sociology. In involves the research of human societies and culture. Humans are the creatures that are hard to understand. In ethnographic research project the ethnographer has to go to a community where he/she have to live in order to do his/her study so that he/she can gets through the understanding of the society culture and the people. This is what exactly called Ethnography. There are some advantages while doing ethnographic field work such as using holistic and contrast & comparison methods. But besides there is some disadvantages that the researcher have to go through such as interviewer effect and invasion of privacy. Holistic is one of the advantages that is used during ethnographic research where the researcher tries to develop a person in different levels- physically, emotionally and mentally. Using holistic approach a researcher can find out that a human being is he/she who creates their own complexity and who creates their own world were they are responsible for what they do in that process. They have their own inner and outer resources. Their inner resources re-presents their emotions, insight, intellection and their imagination and…show more content…
So an ethnographer has to make some sacrifices in order to achieve his/her goal. They will have some advantages and disadvantages. For example, Mitchell Duneier (2001) has received an award for his first ethnography, 'Slim's Table', and also numerous critical acclaims for 'Sidewalk'. One can avoid some disadvantages he/she might face while working on the field and also if he/she is made aware of the risk of encountering the community. If the researcher is aware of the risk and he/she get himself/ herself prepared to face it than it might be one of his advantages to avoid losses. And also if he maintain proper timing may be he might be able to finish his field
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