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The Resource Anthropological research : the structure of inquiry, Pertti J. Pelto, Gretel H. Pelto

Anthropological research : the structure of inquiry, Pertti J. Pelto, Gretel H. Pelto

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Anthropological research : the structure of inquiry
Title
Anthropological research
Title remainder
the structure of inquiry
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Pertti J. Pelto, Gretel H. Pelto
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Language
eng
Summary
This text is a comprehensive introduction to research methods in social and cultural anthropology. The Peltos focus their discussion on the essential elements of preparing and analyzing the supporting evidence from which generalizations about human nature are derived. The specific elements of anthropological research - such as interviewing informants, observing ceremonial behaviour, and designing surveys - are all covered, but the primary aim is to show how basic observations can be systematically translated into socio-cultural generalizations. The authors place strong emphasis not only on quantification and statistics, but also on the more qualitative aspects of anthropological working styles that are essential to effective research. The two main themes of the book can be stated as follows: (1) anthropological generalizations and more complex theoretical structures can be built up only through careful implementation of basic concepts, the building blocks of all theory, and (2) successful description and hypothesis testing depend on the judicious mixing of quantitative and quantitative research materials. The second edition, in which Professor Gretel Pelto has collaborated with her husband, expands the discussion of tools of research and offers a more comprehensive analysis of current ideas concerning the 'theory-building' process. An entirely new chapter has been added on the research methods and relevance of applied anthropology. Throughout the text, many new and updated examples are cited to illustrate statistical and methodological approaches to anthropological research
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Pelto, Pertti J
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illustrations
Index
index present
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non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Pelto, Gretel H
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  • Ethnology
  • Anthropology
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Anthropological research : the structure of inquiry, Pertti J. Pelto, Gretel H. Pelto
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Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages 311-323
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
1. The domain of methodology -- 2. Science and anthropology -- 3. Operationalism in anthropological research -- 4. Units of observation: emic and etic approaches -- 5. Tools of research -- I -- 6. Tools of research -- II: nonverbal techniques -- 7. Counting and sampling -- 8. Measurement, scales, and statistics -- 9. Art and science in field work -- 10. Research methods, relevance, and applied anthropology -- 11. Building anthropological theory: methods and models -- Appendixes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
2967735
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
2d ed.
Extent
xv, 333 pages
Lccn
76062583
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)252908
Label
Anthropological research : the structure of inquiry, Pertti J. Pelto, Gretel H. Pelto
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages 311-323
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The domain of methodology -- 2. Science and anthropology -- 3. Operationalism in anthropological research -- 4. Units of observation: emic and etic approaches -- 5. Tools of research -- I -- 6. Tools of research -- II: nonverbal techniques -- 7. Counting and sampling -- 8. Measurement, scales, and statistics -- 9. Art and science in field work -- 10. Research methods, relevance, and applied anthropology -- 11. Building anthropological theory: methods and models -- Appendixes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
2967735
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
2d ed.
Extent
xv, 333 pages
Lccn
76062583
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)252908

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