The Possibility of Anthropological Fideism: An Essay on Symbol, Interpretation and Enigmas in Cross-Cultural Inquiries

The Possibility of Anthropological Fideism: An Essay on Symbol, Interpretation and Enigmas in Cross-Cultural Inquiries by D. Z. Zhong epub pdf fb2

Title: The Possibility of Anthropological Fideism: An Essay on Symbol, Interpretation and Enigmas in Cross-Cultural Inquiries
Author: D. Z. Zhong
ISBN10: 0761827447
ISBN13: 978-0761827443
Publisher: UPA (December 30, 2003)
Language: English
Subcategory: Social Sciences
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Pages: 242 pages
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The Possibility of Anthropological Fideism: An Essay on Symbol, Interpretation and Enigmas in Cross-Cultural Inquiries by D. Z. Zhong


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In this book, D. Z. Zhong establishes a methodological principle for cross-cultural research, called anthropological fideism. While anthropologists take for granted that natives don't really believe the unintelligible or inexplicable things they say, and what they say should express a deeper social meaning, Zhong contends that if we have a translation manual that can interpret a foreign language, and if natives are asserting honestly, then what natives say still express natives' belief, no matter how absurd it seems.