Cultural Anthropology, Third Edition: Chapter 02

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Question 1:


a) the traditional goal of the positivist method has been to produce objective knowledge
b) positivists are committed to the integration of facts and values
c) participant-observation results in a paradox for positivist researchers
d) positivist anthropologists try to recreate lab conditions in cultural settings through the method of controlled comparison

Question 2:


a) Objective knowledge
b) Subjective knowledge
c) Empirical knowledge
d) Situated knowledge

Question 3:


a) the moment when problems in cross-cultural understandings emerge
b) cultural settings that provide large amounts of information
c) the moment when cross-cultural understanding is achieved
d) the setting where multi-sited fieldwork is conducted

Question 4:


a) arose from the expansion of the European capitalist economy
b) can be criticized for weakening the anthropologist’s understanding, involvement, and insight with the informants of each site
c) encourages the study of new electronic and visual media
d) all of the above

Question 5:


a) has been the norm in Mexico, Brazil, India, and Russia for many years
b) has been dismissed by anthropologists as introducing too much bias into the researcher’s own observations and conclusions
c) has its origins in European colonialism
d) is contrary to ethical principles of maintaining a divide between the researcher and informant

Question 6:


a) subjective knowledge
b) intersubjective meanings
c) multi-sited ethnographies
d) dialectic frameworks

Question 7:


a) an example of a failure in the dialectic of fieldwork
b) an example of a controlled comparison study
c) the importance of reflexivity in anthropological research
d) both A and B

Question 8:


a) refers only to psychological adjustments and effects
b) is a potential effect of fieldwork on an informant
c) can have its greatest effect when the researcher returns home
d) is impossible to prepare for

Question 9:


a) subjectivity
b) reflexivity
c) positionality
d) objectivity

Question 10:


a) fieldwork can have effects on the informants
b) informants practise reflexivity in their interactions with anthropologists
c) informants have been typically given a passive role in the research process
d) cultural facts exist solely in the culture of the informant

Question 11:


a) objective knowledge
b) subjective knowledge
c) pessimist knowledge
d) relative knowledge

Question 12:


a) subjective
b) objective
c) intersubjective
d) multi-faceted

Question 13:


a) location of study
b) situated subjectivity
c) relative objectivity
d) funding availability

Question 14:


a) single-sited
b) secondary-source
c) survey-based
d) multi-sited

Question 15:


a) situated knowledge
b) reflexivity
c) multi-sited ethnography
d) controlled comparison

Question 16:


a) True
b) False

Question 17:


a) True
b) False

Question 18:


a) True
b) False

Question 19:


a) True
b) False

Question 20:


a) True
b) False

Question 21:


a) True
b) False

Question 22:


a) True
b) False

Question 23:


a) True
b) False

Question 24:


a) True
b) False

Question 25:


a) True
b) False