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  • 1962, Kenneth Lee Pike, With Heart and Mind: A Personal Synthesis of Scholarship and Devotion‎, page 37
    I have coined the term etic to refer to the detached observer’s view […]


etic (comparative more etic, superlative most etic)

  1. (social sciences) Of or pertaining to analysis of a culture from a perspective situated outside all cultures.
    • 1996, Advanced Methodological Issues in Culturally Competent Evaluation for Substance Abuse Prevention
      A useful example of the emic-etic distinction may be made by comparing the concept “waves on the ocean or sea” from the perspective of a European American with that of a Truk Islander […] The proposed etics here might be that both cultures understand the use of waves as vehicles for surfing and as movement reflecting the transfer of energy […] certain differences, or emics exist, for European Americans the waves may be sources of beauty — the Truk Islander has learned to use them […] as a road map.

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