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The heart of the participant observation method of fieldwork is to rely on personal relationships as a way of learning about another culture. Indeed, newly arrived fieldworkers are commonly childlike in their naivete´, and rely on their hosts for all sorts of practical knowledge and assistance. The acceptance of dependency and of a ‘‘student’’ role in relation to field informants facilitates the fieldworkers’ rapport with those they study, acknowledges the informants’ status and power, and eases access to local meanings and practices that are the focus of ethnographic research.
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