Intro to Anthro
Intro to Anthro ANTHRCUL 101
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Anthropology 101 Professor Andrew Shryock Paper Topics Fall 2010 You will write a 7 10 page paper that addresses one of the prompts listed below Your paper should use concrete examples from both Guests of the Sheik and In Search of Respect In addition your paper should also incorporate relevant concepts from Kottak andor lecture Based on clear and specific examples from these sources argue an original point that responds to one of the paper topics below Frame the paper with an introduction that puts forth a thesis and nish with a conclusion that clearly articulates the payoff of your analysis Good editing is key and you should start drafting well before the due date to achieve not only written clarity but also the organization necessary for making your argument Your paper should be double spaced with one inch margins in Times New Roman font 11 or 12 point Do not include a cover page or retype the prompt In text citations must be included for all sources and the paper must include a bibliography Ask your GSI for further details about content formatting and citations The paper is due December 6 2010 at 500 pm You must submit both a hard copy to your GSI s mailbox in room 236 West Hall and an electronic copy via your section s CTOOLs site 1 Gender is an axis of social categorization present in all human societies However gender relations vary greatly among different societies While they rely on notions of biological differences which are seen as natural gender roles are cultural artifacts at the core of the most basic human interactions With the observations that you nd in Guests of the Sheik and In Search of Respect explain how the societies described in these books organize gender relations Your paper should address the following issues How is the sexual division of labor seen in E1 Nahra and in Harlem What is the role of social representations of the body and sexuality in shaping gender norms and practices How is space gendered Is time also gendered Additionally you can discuss similarities and differences regarding the status and power of women in both ethnographies Illustrate your analysis with examples from both ethnographies 2 Anthropologists have different strategies for doing eldwork Bronislaw Malinowski suggested that when doing eldwork anthropologists should 1 live with the natives and take part in their daily routines 2 nd the patterns and structures that shape these daily routines 3 be explicit about what they learn through direct observation and what they learn indirectly or through inference and 4 try to grasp the native s point of View to realize his Vision of his world Argonauts 0f the Western Paci c 192225 As a literary genre ethnographic writing must demonstrate that the ethnographer adhered to the above tenets of eldwork but all ethnographers do this differently according to their personalities opinions and backgrounds Drawing on speci c examples from the two ethnographies you have read write an essay that compares and contrasts how Fernea and Bourgois represent their eldwork experiences How can we quotsee the ethnographersquot in the choices they make in representing their research communities How do Fernea and Bourgois represent themselves in interactions with informants and why What kinds of strategies do Fernea and Bourgois use to make their points How do they build rapport with their informants What are the 39 and quot 39 0 their 39 to quot l 39 11 3 In class we have learned that there is considerable diversity in the social construction of kinship across the globe In your paper explain the different systems of kinship descent and marriage represented in Guests of the Sheik and In Search ofRespeet Discuss the function of kinship in relation to the social and economic organization of Harlem s drug world and of life in El Nahra How does the nature of the kinship system correspond with the primary modes of production and means of making a living common in Harlem and El Nahra Additionally discuss how Bourgois and Femea adapted to the kinship systems they encountered in the eld How did they come to understand these systems and what did local people make of the family relationships Bourgois and Femea brought with them to Iraq and Harlem How to what extent and by what means did these ethnographers and the people they studied become part of each other s kinship systems 4 In lecture we learned that building friendships with local people is integral to the ethnographic insights anthropologists gain through engagement with worlds that seem fundamentally different from their own The two ethnographies Guests of the Sheik and In Search of Respect illustrate the centrality of friendship to the creation of anthropological knowledge Drawing on speci c examples from the ethnographies write an essay describing how Femea and Bourgois rely on their relationships with people like Laila Selma Primo Ceasar and Candy to gain access to what might otherwise be closed worlds In your essay address not only the importance of these relationships but the dif culties and challenges each ethnographer faced in making and keeping friends How did Fernea and Bourgois use these challenges to enrich their work Your essay should include concrete examples from the two ethnographies and incorporate ideas from the class lectures and the Book of Kottak 5 Languageleaming is one of the most crucial things anthropologists must do to conduct ethnography In your essay analyze why language has such an important role in ethnographic research In addition to discussing the relation of language and ethnography you should also discuss the relation of language and culture Your analysis should be based on the two ethnographies we read Drawing examples from Guests of the Sheik and In Search of Respect discuss the ways language is represented as an obstacle to understanding or as a tool of analysis how it facilitates or thwarts interaction between the researchers and the groups they study and how it hinders and allows insight into another s culture When do F emea and Bourgois use Arabic or Spanish vocabulary in their ethnographies When does discussion of their own language skills become important and how do they use their growing uency to shape how you the reader evaluate the claims they make 6 This semester we learned about different narratives of humankind s fall from utopia All of these narratives related back to certain Bene ts and Costs of Food Production Compared with Foraging Kottak 2011250 We also learned about various forms of social control that have developed as ways of dealing with these costs and benefits Giving speci c examples from both ethnographies discuss how social controls operate in at least three of the following areas language economics kinship gender political systems and religion Compare and contrast the social controls Bourgois describes in East Harlem to those in Femea39s description of El Nahra What kinds of social controls are described What purposes do they serve What consequences do they have How do they work When and why do they not work Finally how do people evade social control work around it and change it Is there a model of utopia a social ideal or hope for a better world behind all these activities If so how do people describe it If not how do people explain the great effort they put into controlling their own actions and those of others
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