Anthropology Fieldwork: A Short Comment


In conclusion, I personally believe that fieldwork is anthropology’s main component. Without fieldwork, there would be very limited understanding in regards to different cultures, as it is the act of ‘participant observation’ that allows an anthropologist to truly learn about a culture through experience. What do you think? Is fieldwork truly the most important part of anthropology? If not, then what is? Please leave your comment below…
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