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Brave new world May 10, 2008

Posted by Levi in Observing.

Joao is a 2-year-old Brazilian kid who’s still learning to speak. He is Tassia and Caparica‘s cousin. This video (in baby Portuguese) shows Joao playing a computer game while talking to his parents.

I believe that the further time carries new generations’ mental models away from ours, the more we become capable to perceive the novel behaviors they come up with. Although we, as ethnographers, need to dive into people’s lives like natives, we also have to keep a certain distance to take notice of the new.

It’s Crapanzano’s second paradox: ‘He [the ethnographer] must render the foreign familiar and preserve its very foreignness at one and the same time’. In other words: make the strange familiar, and the familiar strange.



1. Tássia - May 15, 2008

Como assim? João Gabriel é primo de Caparica também? Por parte de quem? =P

nunca soubeeeeeeeee =P

2. Fábio Caparica de Luna - May 17, 2008

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