Assignment 7: Ethnographic Paper
(35 individual points)
There we were all 40 of us, packed into a 16’X20’ room like a can of sardines.
The ac was broken, and the heat from our bodies radiated.
Sweat dripped down my
forehead as I pushed my way through a bustling group of researchers. They were
tall, they were short, they were brown, they were white, every race you could
imagine all cramped into this tiny room, explaining their research, reporting on
others, learning what really goes on in the in depth and lengthy process a commodity
goes through before it makes it way to the “great consumers”, us.
We were no more than a group of students in Dr. Jennifer Anderson’s
Anthropology class, but for this one day we were advocates for change, here to
educate others on the effects both social and environmental, that commodities have
on our world, the effects that include contamination of our rivers and oceans, the
negligent waste of our precious resources, and ultimately the desecration of our
We spoke of gold, we spoke of diamonds, we spoke of plastic and paper, and
we spoke of rice.
We spoke of these things in our life that most never take the time
to ask about, to ask, “where did this come from and how did it get here”, to ask,