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Master of Arts (MA)
Richard J. Preston
This thesis is an attempt to examine why it. is important to study an individual in his culture. A hermeneutical perspective then is offered as an example of one way in which an ethnographer may collect life history materials from a native person. Next, this hermeneutical perspective is developed as an interpretive scheme, the criteria of its uses are explored and then applied in a reinterpretation of Radin's presentation of Crashing Thunder, a Winnebago Indian. Consideration is given to how he used the life history form.
Little, William Kenneth, "Life History and Understanding Personal Meanings" (1979). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5444.
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