Ethnography Reflection

2288 Words10 Pages
1. Raybeck used most of the techniques on page 71 in Thinking Like an Anthropologist. He established key informants including Yusof and Mat, administered oral surveys to prostitutes, collected kin relations, and mapped the community. He also participated in the night guard (jaga) to learn the layout of the community, get to know his fellow villagers, and perform his civic duty. (26, 54-55, 62, 112) 2. Raybeck incorporated life histories and case studies as well as the semantic differential, a psycholinguistic instrument to quantitative analyze the connotations of concepts. Douglas was accompanied by his girlfriend Karen. She could occasionally gain entry into situations where he could not. For example, she was invited to help prepare…show more content…
Raybeck described his efforts as simple and ineffective with one or more of the desired village characteristics missing from each village he visited. He finally asked his friend Amin for a suggestion and Wakaf Bharu was the answer. This village met not only the academic criteria but also Raybeck's personal desires of proximity to transportation and the state capital. Village entry was first gained after Raybeck rented a newly built house. He arranged to take the place of the homeowner on the night guard, making a statement that he was willing to be a member of the community by assuming some responsibilities for the privilege of residence. (22-26) 5. Raybeck admits that the best way to present oneself to a study community is to be persistently honest. He also immediately engages himself in the community by volunteering for the night guard in order to prove his willingness to share in the social life and responsibilities of the village. Despite Raybeck's best efforts to remain inconspicuous and a part of the community, he was regarded as an untrusted authority by the villagers, nosy busybody, curious interloper, and even a CIA agent by the police. (24-27, 50, 86-88) 6. Raybeck recalls the exact date of Monday, March 18, 1968, as gaining backstage access to the village society. His friends Mat and Yusof took him to a
Open Document