yahoo answers

Someone has linked my ethnography tag to answer someone else’s question on Yahoo! Answers whether anyone knows anything on ethnographer interference.

“Any examples of ethnographer interference?

I’m trying to write a paper about objectivity in anthropology and interference by the ethnographers. What I’m getting at is that we shouldn’t be interfering in other cultures rituals or beliefs. For example, someone is doing their fieldwork and objects to the way that the culture treats their children, they don’t have the right to interfere, because how do we know whats best for them. Anyways, does anyone know of some good anthropological articles that I can use in my research? Either for or against interference, or even some key words to use in search engines would be helpful. Thanks!”

Quickly checking the reference I found two entries of mine tagged ‘ethnography’ in this blog and doubt they have helped much.  My as quickly thrown out literature recommendation  anyway would be Lorraine Daston on ‘The Culture of Scientific Objectivity’ and Max Weber on ‘Objectivity in Social Science’.     

bambule on flickr


Tonight I went flickr. Spending time to get to know the different tools that come along with blogging labeled ‘social software’ and to get an idea of how it works in regards of the ‘social’ was overdue. Knowing people share pictures was not sufficient.

People share information, visually–and indymedia is represented on flickr by several tags. I was astonished though–and not again, having thought about it for a second–finding the bambule tag.  It’s not so much the representation of something that is far away that strikes me here, but the one that represents something that is close-by.

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Picture courtesy of mil_es.