Notable vocabulary and example thick description.

What is a “primary source“?

  • Data authors generate themselves.
  • Ex: The Bible, Declaration of Independence, Autobiographies

What is a “secondary source“?

  • Reporting someone’s point of view about data already generated.
  • Ex: Newspaper articles, Biographies

Read Clifford Geertz’s “The Interpretation of Cultures”, chapter 1 pages 3-33

Objective Description:

  • Details
  • Specifics

Subjective Description:

  • Memories
  • Analogies
  • Judgements
  • Conclusions
  • Analysis
  • Imagined connections
  • Relationships

Context: “facts” surrounding the thing

  • Time
  • Place
  • Social

Describe picture above objectively.

  • There is a sign with prices on it regarding the price for answers.
  • There is a sign behind the woman saying “This is not Burger King” parodying the slogan by saying you do not get it your way.
  • There is a sign stating “Good coffee, cheaper than Prozac.”
  • This photograph has a gray-scale filter.
  • It appears as though the woman has eyebrow makeup and eye makeup on.
  • The woman’s ear looks like it is bare.

Thick Description Example:

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