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First, the notes were typed up with wide margins, but single spaced, each page with the date on top. The final amount filled over eight box files of foolscap paper. Already, themes had emerged and I made a provisional list of topics, with subheadings. The broad headings were consistent with the holistic traditions of classical anthropology. The fieldworker aims for the total context, which includes kinship, the economy, politics and religion. Nothing can be taken for granted nor rigidly prearranged.

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Oakley 1981). ‘Qualitative’ has also come to be used to describe the research which this chapter addresses, namely that which emerges from participant observation. There are significant contrasts between anthropological and sociological empirical research, with implications for analysis. The two disciplines came from different contexts. Social anthropology was formerly associated with the study of non-western societies, mainly by westerners. Sociology’s empirical work was concerned mainly with western societies of which the sociologist was a member.

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