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1. What is an Ethnography?
An ethnography is a first-hand descriptive work of a particular culture or ethnic group based on the immersion and participation of the anthropologist in the culture and daily life of the people who are the subject of study.
Please be aware that with the following sources, there is no automatic filter for enthographies, so you will often have to examine the text of the item to see if it does include first hand descriptive work based on immersion.
2. Finding Ethnographies
2A. Online Sources:
A. Getting started: Use one of the following encyclopedias of culture, which will describe the culture and often list book length ethnographies as sources (which you can then pursue in our Library catalog to see if we have them).
B. Search the eHRAF World Cultures (Human Relations Area Files) database, which does have full text ethnographies. eHRAF covers about 230 of the more obscure cultures.
C. Online Journals - You can browse or search through these:
2B. Searching the Library Catalog for Book length Ethnographies:
|Name of a people or ethic group with the word string social life and customs|
|Name of a geographic entitiy with the word string social life and customs||Tunisia social life and customs|
|Name of a people, combined with a geographic entity AND the term social life and customs.
Note the use of "or" between the name of the people and the geographic entity and the use of the parenthesis.
|(blackfeet or great basin) and social life and customs|
|Name of people or geographic entity and some anthropolgical term||indians of north america kinship
south america marriage customs
|Name of a people or geographic entity and the word stem ethnol**|
Library catalog searches for ethnographies are very inexact and you must examine the books themselves to see if they are really ethnographies.
We do own some classic book length ethnographies:
- Malinowski The Argonauts of the Western Pacific, 1922
- Radcliffe-Brown The Andaman Islanders, 1964
- Mead The Coming of Age in Samoa, 1928
- Turnbull The Forest People, 1962
- Evans-Pritchard The Nuer: A Description of the Modes of Livelihood and Political Institutions of a Nilotic People, 1968
As listed in: Robinson-Caskie, Erin Elizabeth. "Ethnography." Encyclopedia of Anthropology. 2005. SAGE Publications. 5 Apr. 2011. < http://proxy.library.cpp.edu/login?url=http://knowledge.sagepub.com/view/anthropology/n299.xml >
and some other book length ethnographies:
- The ethnography of Vietnam's Central Highlanders : a historical contextualization, 1850-1990
- Comanche ethnography : field notes of E. Adamson Hoebel, Waldo R. Wedel, Gustav G. Carlson, and ...
- Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village
- Early ethnography of the Californias, 1533-1825
- An ethnography of Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico
- The ethnography of Malinowski : the Trobriand Islands 1915-18
- Cocopa ethnography
- The ethnography of southwestern Angola
- Southern Paiute ethnography
- Ethnography of the Kutenai
- Kwakiutl ethnography
- The ethnography of the Tanaina
- Ethnography and acculturation of the Chichimeca-Jonaz of northeast Mexico
- Honey Lake Paiute ethnography
- Tokelau : a historical ethnography
- Karchana : lifeworld-ethnography of an Indian village
- The myth of ritual : a native's ethnography of Zapotec life-crisis rituals
- Havasupai habitat : A.F. Whiting's ethnography of a traditional Indian culture
- An atoll culture; ethnography of Ifaluk in the central Carolines
- The Fon of Dahomey; a history and ethnography of the Old Kingdom
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