Anthro 2-Ethnography Paper Final Draft

Anthro 2-Ethnography Paper Final Draft - Tomika Levi Nick...

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Tomika Levi Nick William Thursday 1-1:50pm Introduction In this ethnographic paper I will be discussing the effects of the recession on fraternity and sorority members in the National Pan-Hellenic Council; NPHC. The National Pan-Hellenic Council is a non-profit, private service organization that consists of the nine historically black national Greek-lettered sororities and fraternities. I want to unfold the reality of being a member of one these organizations during these difficult economic times. Being a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., I am fully aware of the expenses that come along with the Greek life. Therefore, I am interested in finding out how my fellow peers are being affected by the various economic issues, as far as paying for higher education and maintaining membership. I want to analyze and discover if there are any significant changes in their everyday lives and the overall order of their organizations. Methodology My research will consist of two parts: an interviewing process and an observation period. To conduct this study, I will interview members of NPCH on campus, which consist of six of the nine historically black Greek-lettered organizations: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. After attending a NPHC meeting, I asked for participants to take part in my research. I decided to interview one member from five of the six black Greek-lettered organizations that are active on our campus. I laid out the interview process for each participant and then organized to meet with each of them individually to obtain their responses. Once all my interviews were completed, I compared and contrasted all my findings, looking for significant changes in lifestyle, etc. I then moved on to Levi 1
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observe how these individuals act in public and in different situations. My goal was to compare their responses to their everyday lives and if their responses were in fact reality. To keep confidentiality, I will assign an alias to each of my participants. Ethnographic Description My first interview was with William Sanders from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Before I even asked my first question, I noticed that he seemed drained; his body language showed a great degree of tension. I began the interview asking if his fraternity was being affected by the recession and he replied saying “You have no idea!” He briefly touched on the disputes he and his fraternity brothers have on financial issues. However, he later revealed that he was
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2010 for the course SOC 152 taught by Professor Baldwin during the Spring '07 term at UCSB.

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