2 Comments

  1. Pablo G. Rodriguez
    January 31, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Yeap. “Marginal natives”.

  2. Kyt Dotson
    March 27, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    Hah! I love that as a enlightened thought on the subject — in fact, when I saw the phrase, “Anthropologists are always noobs,” I found myself smiling.

    It’s so true. After all, how better to get a good ethnographic survey of a new culture than to walk in and start absorbing? In fat, I spend most of my time looking for new experiences and the things that I haven’t seen yet about every community I join. How else does one discover how acculturation or cultural understanding happens without first wandering right out of the limits into the middle.

    Also: Noobs are always being trained my veterans. They’re the best-possible-people for the people who have been around the longest to pass on all the things that make their culture work.

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