Culture 's Complex Web Of Meaning

1309 WordsDec 2, 20146 Pages
Ethnography in our textbook is defined as method of participant observation designed to help a researcher experience a culture’s complex web of meaning. Ethnography is a concept that we have explored in class that is quintessential in developing this final essay, “Performing Identity”. For my interviewee I chose Gabriel Kenneh, a Liberian- born man, whom moved to America as a young teenager to escape a Civil War that was going on in his country at the time. Throughout the course of the interview I was intrigued by our cultural and ethnic differences as well as a few similarities that we shared. His strong cultural ties allowed for a very influential ethnographic experience. The ability to analyze the experiences of others whose lives and upbringing differ from your own and then living their life as they would has tremendous learning benefits. I was fortunate enough to spend a Thursday evening with Gabriel to conduct my interview, before we actually begun the interview Gabriel suggested we have a round of beers first just to loosen up from the long workweek. The interview itself was basically about his time in Liberia as a child, his thoughts and experiences when he first came to America and how he lived his life today. Throughout the initial first round of questions in my interview it was evident that Gabriel’s identity marker was his cultural and ethnic background. I found the ethnic and cultural differences and similarities between us to be quite intriguing especially
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