Turnbull Ethno Colin Turnbull's Ethnography Book Review

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On the other hand, this return to a people made largely more recognized by Turnbull's first ethnography does suggest something about the ethnography itself where anthropological purpose is concerned. Namely, the degree to which the people of the Mbuti tribes may have been exposed to the larger intersection with the modern world as a result of Turnbull's first work is illustrative of the way that research can actually interfere with and alter the course of its subject's experience.

To an extent, the ethnography may be a double-edged sword, with its apparent benefits through immersion taking on troubling implications where the researcher's immersion itself becomes a factor in shaping data and outcomes.
In addition to distorting intended findings, this also calls into question various ethical concerns where scientific examination is concerned. It is conceivable to argue that an ethnography such as that crafted by Turnbull may have eschewed proper ethical considerations when determining the personal and professional opportunities in committing to such a study. Works Cited: Garson, J. (2006). Ethnographic Research. North Carolina State University. Online at . Turnbull, C. (1983). The Mbuti Pygmies: Change and Adaptation. Thomson Learning......

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