ERIC Number: ED260782
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Ethnographic Film: A Modular Approach. Cultural Anthropology.
Designed for use as supplementary instructional material in a cultural anthropology course, this learning module examines concerns that should be addressed when using ethnographic films to explore cross-cultural perspectives. Beginning with a brief discussion of the purpose of ethnographic films, the filmmaker's perspective is discussed, stressing the need for viewer analysis of how a culture has been portrayed. The module further asserts that since most ethnographic films provide incomplete information about sex and age roles, student viewers should be aware of the imbalanced presentation of those roles in many films. The cultural state (i.e., the overall status and position of a cultural group within the larger society) and the ethnographic present (i.e., the culture's contemporary situation) are discussed as important aspects to be included in ethnographic films. Finally, the filmmaker's obligation to provide the viewer with information about special circumstances affecting the film's validity, and the educational usefulness of ethnographic films, are discussed. (LAL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of Marin, Kentfield, CA.