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Date Created: 10/22/15
Shannon Meyer Writing 2 Fall 2009 Unit 2 Paper Ethnography Observation is an important methodology for the disciplines in the Social Sciences and conducting secondary research is an essential skill for all disciplines Ethnography is a methodology that studies speci c groups in order to make larger generalizations about human society Your assignment is to write a 68 page paper in which you use secondary research to develop a general picture of a type of social group and then observe a particular and local instance of that group in order to consider how it might add to the general picture Write as an authority remember that you are probably the only person who has studied this precise group so it is in fact the case that you are an authority Your audience is the scholarly community in general so people who are familiar with ethnography its purposes and methodology and local social groups generally but not necessarily highly speci c detail about how your group operates or who comprises it You will need to Choose a group of which you are not a member You will also want it to be of a manageable size so probably not more than 1020 people The group can be anything of your choosing a club on campus a sorority or fraternity a sports team the riders of the number 11 bus Conduct secondary research taking a speci c angle about that social group If you choose to do a sorority for instance you might want to look in particular at female bonding community service organizations or drinking on college campuses Use at least 3 sources but no more than 5 This research should help you to formulate a general picture of this kind of social group Observe your group as much as you can and as objectively and anonymously as you can Be quiet and observant and take lots of notes Don t observe anyone who is unwilling to be observed Interview several 45 members of the group Ask them questions about themselves Be friendly but impartial Write it all down Compare the observations that you have made about your particular social group with the picture that you developed from your secondary research You ll want to answer the question how well does my social group t that picture Consider both what your particular group con rms about the general picture and where it diverges from that picture Finally consider the implications of any differences your social group displayed from your secondary research You ll want to speculate speci cally on why your group differs from what the research says This should help you to consider what your speci c social group can add to the generalized view set forth by the secondary research N E 4 V39 0


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