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Field Notes: Why This Collection?

I've decided to start this collection about taking good field notes as an anthropologist, and the methodology that goes into doing so. Some of you might ask: why? Can't we just learn this in class? Shouldn't we study this in school? Yes; yes we should. But in many undergraduate anthropology programs, there is less time being spent on field note methodology and more time spent on theory, case studies, etc. In the anthro classes I took last term, as well as the class I'm taking this summer, I'm getting a bit frustrated! It's good and fine to learn all about the ideas of some anthropologists, but the books and my professors constantly reference the fact that "such and such was able to consult their field notes to figure out what the connection was" or other such observations. But how did they record those field notes? What goes into good field notes? How can we prepare to take good field notes? None of these topics have been covered beyond the basic "field notes are good" speech. How can we fix this? And so, I decided to take some time and learn about field notes on my own! I want to do an honors study degree with my major, and that will require me doing field research. I want to be prepared to do that research well! I'm going to share what I learn about field notes in this collection, and try to gather as much information as possible! If there's anything about field notes you'd like to learn, please mention it here in the comments or in a message to me and I'll see what I can share :) View the whole collection here!: http://www.vingle.net/collections/1137138-Good-Field-Notes-A-Guide-for-Anthropology-Students
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The Nonbeliever’s Guide to Bible Stories
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Jesus: Prophet of Peace and Love or Purveyor of Fear and Hate?
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Game of Thrones and Anthropology
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What an MBA Degree Is and What You Need to Know
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Diverse Children's Literature: Why does it matter?
This week at The Guardian is all about celebrating diverse children's literature, and I couldn't be more excited about it! What makes a book diverse? A book that is about, for, in favor of, inspirational to, and not harmful to all different colors, races, religions, sexualities, disabilities, and more! The book can't leave anybody out. Out of the 3,200 children's books published in in 2013, less than 300 were about black people, Native Americans, Asians or Latinos combined. That's not cool. A lot of children of color, different sexuality, untraditional homes and more face a serious problem when reading children's literature: they can't related. As writer Kate Messner explained on her blog, half of all five-year-olds in the country belong to a racial or ethnic minority, yet white kids continue to hold center stage in most children's books and young-adult fiction. As a result, large numbers of kids don't see themselves reflected in the books they read, and non-white, or non-heterosexual, or even non-male children end up learning that they are marginal, or secondary, in their society. They want to read about a character like them, but they cannot find any similarities between themselves, and the characters they are meeting through text. This doesn't mean that the book isn't good, but it does mean that the book is failing to be inspirational to all children, and that is a problem. In honor of celebrating diversity in children's literature, and to encourage more from publishing companies, The Guardian is having a week of diverse literature content on their site! Follow the link to see the articles as they come out, and first, check out their list of 50 children's books that are a testament to how great diversity in literature can be: http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2014/oct/13/50-best-culturally-diverse-childrens-books!