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Use your fieldnotes to write an ethnographic analysis of your site based on a research question that you can answer from your ethnographic data. You will therefore by developing an argument to answer your question, using fieldwork evidence. You will also cite course readings in developing and supporting your argument. Your paper should be 1500-2000 words long. It is worth 150 points, or 15% of your grade in this course.
Begin with a “thick” description of the site, and a discussion of your methodology. Include a consideration for ethical issues, biases and assumptions. In this opening section, you should be sure to tell us where you went and why, and also to pose a clear research question that you will answer throughout your paper. Your answer to your research question is your argument that is driving the paper. (See Fieldnotes Assignment Prompt for advice on crafting research questions.)
The body of your paper should unpack dimensions of your fieldwork data, using course themes and sources (Williams and/or Guest) to analyze and elaborate on the significance of your evidence. Remember to balance evidence with analysis, and to keep your eye on an exploration of anthropological concepts. Also be sure to use correct citational practices and essay writing conventions, such as full sentences, proper grammar, and transitions between ideas.
Each section of the body of your paper should clearly connect to some component of your argument (that is, the answer to your research question). You should end your paper by connecting your argument to lessons that you learned through this assignment about culture and social meaning in general.
For example, if your research question was “How does this particular hardware store use bilingual signage, low prices, and skills workshops to create a community-oriented climate of economic and cultural inclusion?” then your paper should be organized with discrete sections on signage, pricing, and workshops. In each of these sections, you will discuss the evidence (from your fieldnotes) and demonstrate how your evidence indicates the presence of “a community-oriented climate of economic and cultural inclusion.” Your introduction would likely need to situate this research question with regard to what you mean by “community,” “economic inclusion,” and “cultural inclusion.” This will be the foundation of your argument. You should use the literature (course texts) to do this. Your conclusion would return to the argument to explore the larger cultural implications of having hardware stores function as centers of community and harbingers of inclusion. Literature might be useful in this section too, but really it can be cited anywhere across the paper that it is helpful to you in developing your argument or analyzing your evidence.
Use your fieldnotes to write an ethnographic analysis of your site based on a research question that you can answer from your ethnographic data. You will therefore by developing an argument to answer your question, using fieldwork evidence. You will also cite course readings in developing and supporting your argument. Your paper should be 1500-2000 words long.