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Mapping: A Powerful Tool in Ethnographic Research |

In Chapter 4, I discussed “social mapping” as a participatory rural appraisal (PRA) tool that is especially useful in early phases of ethnographic research. As set forth in that chapter, the aims of social mapping are usually not focused so much on the maps as accurate, detailed products, but as a technique for getting acquainted quickly with the research area and getting data about the different sub-groups, varieties of hamlets and neighborhoods, and other environmental features. ere are, however, many other kinds of mapping activities, with different degrees of participation from people in the study communities. In some cases, the maps themselves are the primary products, requiring cartographic skills. is chapter explores some of those more advanced mapping processes.