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THE USE OF HYPNOTISM AS AN ETHNOLOGIC RESEARCH TECHNIQUE

George Allan Agogino
Plains Anthropologist
Vol. 10, No. 27 (February 1965), pp. 31-36
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25666621
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THE USE OF HYPNOTISM AS AN ETHNOLOGIC RESEARCH TECHNIQUE
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Abstract

A new appraoch in ethnographic fieldwork is the use of hypnotism. Induced regression is felt to be especially helpful to the investigator in distinguishing the real from the ideal in a given social context. Preferred subjects are those who participate in a tradition of ceremonialism. The authoritarian role of the investigator is stressed as a means of standardizing the technique and maintaining cooperation. Hypnosis may also be useful in certain studies of linguistics and physical anthropology.

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