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Short Ethnographic Assignments: *Some of these assignments have been adapted from Kenneth J. Guest, Cultural Anthropology Fieldwork Journal (New York & London: W.W. Norton & Company, 2017) The goal of these short assignments is to provide a venue for you to think about your daily lives and see through the cultural realities that you often take for granted. In addition, these assignments will allow you to operationalize the concepts that we learn in class, by applying them to your real life situations. Please keep your observations limited to public realities and acts, and do not disclose personal details about individuals. Also avoid disclosing identities or using individuals’ names. The assignments should be written double spaced using a standard 12 font. The papers do not need to be more than 2-3 pages. Writing in the first person is not only OK, but essential since the goal of the assignments is unpacking our taken-for granted cultural realities. o Ethnographic assignment 1: Mapping & unfamiliarizing (Due September 22 ) Anthropologists pay special attention to surroundings, architectural layout as well as how this plays a role in individuals’ interactions within the communities they study. This is because the way we behave on a daily basis, the way we navigate our bodies, use mimics, gestures etc. in our interactions as well as the make-up of our surroundings are often taken granted by us. For this assignment, select a site on campus (the cafeteria, library, gym etc.) that you regularly spend time in and have not thought twice about; then attempt to look at it from afar as a stranger. This requires a detailed description of the space, an explanation of what goes on in this space as well as the interactions that seem to take place seamlessly among individuals. In other words you are expected to take this site that you take for granted, the familiar and demonstrate how strange it might be for an individual from a completely different cultural setting. Please use
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