I‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍ndividual Paper For this individual paper, choose a single aspect of your own life and compare it to another person’s or group of people in your life. Your topic can be based on a holiday, a household chore, how a weekend is spent, etc. Use your imagination! Write a 5-10 page ethnography (bibliography and informed consent does not count toward the minimum) about your chosen subject, including a “research plan” using the steps to conduct your fieldwork from the lecture on research methods, a summary of how you do or celebrate your chosen topic, your observations of how your research participants do the same thing and a discussion/conclusion. If any background research was conducted in the process, please include a bibliography listing the sources you used. You should also include a signed informed consent for anyone you interview or observe at the end of your paper. In this paper include: 1. A description of your “research plan” a. What type of research method did you use (armchair, verandah, participant)? b. How did you select your topic? c. Did you prepare for your research? d. What type of research approach did you use? (deductive, inductive, etic, emic) e. How do you plan to gather your data? (interview, observation, prior research, etc.) f. Do you plan to take field notes? Take pictures? Video tape or audio record? 2. Summary of your own personal experience (some qu‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍estions may not be applicable to topic) Examples of questions include: a. What traditions have been passed down in your family? Where did they come from? b. From whom did you learn to do your chore? c. Why do you do/practice the way you do? (Passed down, taught, learned, something else?) d. What are your steps for completing your chore? What is the order in which your holiday is celebrated (cook all day, eat first, decorations, multi-day, single day, etc.) 3. Observations of research participant(s) (This section should be purely observational! Any discussion, inferences or comparisons should be included in the next section of your paper) a. What types of questions did you ask? b. Were you able to observe? c. What does the research participant do/how do they act? 4. A discussion and conclusion a. How did you analyze your data? b. What were your findings? How were the two (or more!) practices different? The same? c. Did you feel that the research method you used was successful? d. What might you do differently next time you conduct ethnographical research? e. Were your findings biased? What did you learn from this project? 5. Informed Consent a. This should be a “contract” of sorts between you and your research participant(s). Outline your study/what your goal is in doing this study and include where this information will go. These consent forms should be signed by your ‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍participant(s).

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