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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,

Adjective

etic (comparative more etic, superlative most etic)

Positive
etic

Comparative
more etic

Superlative
most etic

  1. (social sciences) Of or pertaining to analysis of a culture from the perspective on one who is not a participant in that culture.
    • 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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