Type of paper:
Essay (any type)
Humanities : Anthropology
Format or citation style:
Your ethnography should be between 1200-1500 words in length, double-spaced, and proofread for spelling, grammar, and clarity. Late submissions will be accepted only up to one day after the deadline and you will be penalized a half point.
You should begin with a short description of the setting and activities that you observed. (2 points)
This should be followed by a more detailed description of what people were doing. This section will draw from your notes but you must present it more cohesively and make decisions about what to include or exclude from your notes. This section should logically flow and be relevant to the next section described below. How were people involved in the activity? Did everyone behave similarly or did some people do things differently? (4 points)
Finally, you must place your observations in the broader culture of your subjects. What patterns or themes emerged from your observations and what might they signify in terms of their broader culture? You already know that this is a cold-adapted band society, which will help you contextualize some of the behaviors you observe. Importantly, this section must include the application of at least three substantive course concepts or scholars from our class related to human behavior. When you are referring to a course concept or scholar, you must underline the word, phrase, or name and demonstrate your understanding of these ideas. For example (and I am conflating the description and analysis sections for the purpose of this example), if you were to do your ethnography at a mixed gender gym, you might write, “I observed a gender divergence in which females were primarily using elliptical machines while males were mostly lifting weights. In fact, 9 out of 10 females were either on a treadmill or bicycle and 7 out of 10 males were on weights. This pattern reflects American gender norms of a ‘properly’ feminine body as Bartky would argue, in which females should not be too muscular whereas males are expected to be…” Any readings you cite must include page numbers in parentheses. (6 points)
Do not feel pressured to make astounding conclusions. Ethnographic research often involves observing mundane, ordinary actions that we take for granted, but still are revealing about cultural norms.
Your conclusions must be based on what you actually observed and not your preconceived understanding of what is going on.
Outside sources are not permitted in your analysis.