Title: Ethnologist in view of psychological challenges of the cross-cultural communication


Kość-Ryżko, Katarzyna

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Ethnologia Polona 33-34 (2012-2013)


Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology Polish Academy of Sciences

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Every meeting with a stranger is an unrepeatable experience and this refers also to people met during fieldwork. It is worthwhile to be aware that the psychological sphere of the researcher and the researched result in the bidirectional influence on contacts and their effects. This text is an attempt to analyse the selected aspects of the researcher-researched relation, which have their source in psychological determinants of the functioning of human beings. Therefore, I discuss the following issues: emotions and their role in effective communication, the cultural behaviour patterns and the authenticity of the researcher, the influence of the gender category on the fieldwork and the interdependence between the cultural relativism and ethical principles of the researcher. Each of these issues is exemplified with situations from my own research experience and I try to present both their reasons and consequences. The crucial aim of this article was to encourage to the discussion on the role and influence of the psychological sphere of the researcher and researched on their bilateral cross-culture communication


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