The word usage in Hamlet was very difficult for the Tiv people to understand and translate into a meaning close to what is understood in their culture. The emic approach allows us to focus on the meaningful parts of a culture. I guess I thought that one would be the best choice, but if both are used then more information can be gained. An etic view of a culture is the perspective of an outside looking in. Bohannon was learning that the Tiv culture and belief systems did not allow the storyline to progress in the same way as Shakespeare wrote it. Etic is out a culture or country looks on the outside.
I like what you said about how a person could study a culture from an etic perspective but they would still be missing certain details that you can only get from an emic perspective. Your Host is Michael Kilman who has an M. Towards the ending of the article the elder speaks about the story of Hamlet, which was similar to the authors interpretation but slightly different. The author expected that in a period that the period to be remarried could not be done. Just as Laura was explaining in her article, what she believed to be universal truths, the Tiv tribe could not understand due to their specific culture. An Etic view of a culture allows for easier data collection that can then be interpreted by that outside culture itself.
Due to the cultural differences everyone experiences, it is found that culture has a major influence in the way people see things and how their feelings are resulted from it. The way the elders interpret stories made it seem like that had the right and only way. I probably would have gotten frustrated and would have lost interest if I were the anthropologist because he kept getting attacked which made him feel very uncomfortable. The elders are continuously interrupting and correcting her as she tells the story and they seem to interpret it in their own ways of understanding. The person sharing the story gets a chance to share it in Africa, but the elder in the particular tribe was questioning the story being told because his idea of a ghost was much different than that of the storytellers. However this ritual has been diluted in some way due to the fact that there has been a complication that arose in the process that would not allow for the chief to simply give away his daughter so easily.
The questions and concerns of the Tiv about certain parts of the story raised them to participate in asking questions that conflict with their own views against how they interpret things in their own culture. Their account is from the inside as they were more informed on how things happened in those times. I do agree with you on it is possible to understand subjectively on other culture. The etic view of this article I feel is a little harder to tell. But, humans act differently when they know they are being watch. The main problem with Etic is the fact that when sociologists study both that most people tend to end up finding individuals act difficultly when they are observed which makes it harder to get accurate data. This perspective helps you to confirm things you may have previously predicted, and disprove misconceptions obtained in observation.
Etic occured when the young man visiting Africa went for the first time, he was merely just observing the culture and traditions and in his mind, he had a picture of how it would be once he integrated in it. Towards the ending of the article the elder speaks about the story of Hamlet, which was similar to the authors interpretation but slightly different. Having the both perspectives would create an understanding of the culture itself and also how some people from other cultures would see and understand or not understand the said culture. They got offended in certain parts and kept correcting the anthropologist. During her fieldwork conducted in Africa, she decides to share the story of Hamlet, a seemingly universal tale that can easily be interpreted.
I believe by spending enough time with people of a certain culture a person can come to know the beliefs and ideas of that particular culture. This could bring about confounding variables. There are cases that people move from an outside country to the U. I think what is being interpreted depends upon the person reading the article. The interpretations of both the anthropologist and the members of the tribe were met when Bohannan referenced the vengeance of family; the tribe speaking against solely taking action into your own hands.
When understanding a culture through the emic view, it gives the participant a chance to ask questions and to truly grasp the importance that comes with knowing a culture. The author then argues that the plots and motivations of Shakespeare's tragic plays will always be apparent because human nature is more or less universal through out the world. Studies have shown however that the etic views are a lot more detailed and enriched culturally in information. As the journalist tells the story she continues to get interrupted and told parts of the story were simply wrong. I think this article showed that elders are very confident in knowing what they know and they have experience to back up their logic. The chief did not understand why if he were to give away his daughter to this man and her virtue would be lost she would no longer have any source of perceived value in the eyes of her other suitors.
At the same time, etic views can be useful with the help of collecting data and forming hypothesis to influence theories towards the culture being viewed by both viewpoints. Bias can be created on the part of the participant, especially if said individual is a member of the culture they are studying, but in the end, this perspective serves the main purpose of providing descriptive in-depth reports about how insiders of a culture begin to learn and understand their rituals. One day she enters the hut, and finds most of the men of the tribe, sitting huddled up in the hut, they invites her to sit down and have a drink with them. The native peoples managed to maintain, for the most part, the same culture as they had enjoyed prior to colonization. In Shakespeare in the Bush, an American anthropologist by the name of Lauren Bohannan interacts with the Tiv tribe of West Africa. Another interpretation that came from the African tribe people was the means in which the people in the story died.