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Assignment 2: Be An Anthropologist
Purpose: The goal of this exercise is to observe a 'cultural scene' as an anthropologist would (i.e. based on everything you have learned in the course to-date). The student will analyze their observations in terms of themes from the subfield of cultural anthropology such as how it helps frame our societies (family, lifestyle, lineage, language and communication) and, in some ways, its evolution.Description:Culture as we have discussed in our readings is an incredible advantage that has allowed humans to enter almost every niche in nature. The development and maintenance of culture is what sets humans apart from other species. Culture varies by time and location. For this assignment, students will be observing a particular setting for 25 minutes, writing up your observations, and then analyzing them.
Choose a time and location for where/when you are going to conduct your observations of an ethnographic scene
a.Examples of possible ethnographic scenes
i.The coming and going of shoppers in a mall
ii.Getting on and riding the bus
iii.Buying coffee at a coffee shop
iv.Crossing at a cross-walk
3) 3) Go to the specified location and proceed with your observations.
a.The easiest way to do this is to find a place to sit quietly and to simply watch what is going
i.Please do not talk to or interview people during this time.
b.Take handwritten (recommended) notes in a small notebook and/or mental notes of: