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(ANTHROPOLOGY) the provision of’densely textured facts’ about a social context, on the basis of which more general assertions about the role of culture in social life can be sustained (C. Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures, 1973). Like the ETHNOMETHODOLOGISTS, Geertz's interpretive anthropology regards a minute attention to the fine details of everyday social life as the only feasible basis for more extended generalizations, but he makes no assumption that any ‘thick description’, however detailed, can ever be complete.
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To help remedy that deficiency, she presents a thick description of one successful beginners-level Modern Hebrew program set within a leading Australian university.
Thus Gurock offers the reader a thick description of festering tensions within the neighborhood without providing a broad framework for the reader to understand the patterns of poverty, crime, and neglect that riddled Harlem by the 1960s.
All accounts are presented with thick description (drawn from Jamaican patois and Amharic) of the conditions and mind-set of these mostly Rastafari from the Twelve Tribes of Israel, Ethiopian World Federation, Bobo Ashanti, and the Nyabinghi; the emphasis is clear that regular folk (men, women, and children)--some discriminated and dis-enfranchised--managed to cross international borders to actualize their visions of return.
No analysis of societal causes can replace what a thick description of interrelations of violence (Gewaltzusammenhange) is capable of doing' (p.
Employing a strictly anthropological perspective to delve into the soul of Shona music, the book complements Paul Berliner's The Soul of Mbira, which similarly offers a textured thick description of the spiritual role of Mbira music in Zimbabwe, and which profiles key Mbira players and spirit mediums.
At heart a thick description of London during Dickens's lifetime, this study is not principally concerned with proving an argument.
The research provided a thick description of educators' stories of curriculum leadership, with careful attention to shifts in professional identities, perceptions of school culture, and student outcomes.
Thick description refers to the researcher's task of both describing and interpreting observed social action (and behavior) within its particular context.
Results indicated that the most popular strategies used were triangulation (77%), discussion of a sampling method (67%), specification of problems and limitations (56%), thick description of data analysis procedures (53%), and a strong study rationale (50%).
Relying on Gilbert Ryle (2009), from which the notion of thick description originates, Geertz distinguished between the thin description of what someone is doing (rapidly contracting his eyelids, for instance) and a thick description of the same phenomena (winking, flirting, or parodying, for instance) (p.
Drawing from judicial records and employing a thick description that aims to strip away the meanings accrued to ethnoracial categories in later centuries, Rappaport contributes innovative and novel perspectives to our understanding of colonial labels of difference.
Finally, Schultz offers a thick description of some recent rastriya kirtan performances by male and female performers.