Ethnographic Interview and Cultural Analysis of Kinship, Ethnicity and Gender from an Emic and Etic Perspective
This exercise is designed to get you thinking about culture by doing a little anthropological research of your own. You will conduct an ethnographic interview and present your data in an essay incorporating the themes and concepts you have learned in this class (ie. kinship, marriage, social relationships, ethnic identity and behavior and gender roles). It is important that you follow the guidelines carefully and cover all the information in the instructions.
Choose an older relative to interview (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, but not an older sibling). Refer to this person either by their name or as “my subject,” NOT as my parent, grandparent, etc.
Ask your subject about the following:
Take careful notes and include direct quotes in your analysis:
MAKE SURE YOU COVER ALL OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN YOUR PAPER:
Draw a kinship chart:
Be sure to include each person’s name and relationship (including the relationship term – ie. mother, half-sister, uncle, partner, lover, etc.) to the subject. Remember to include yourself in the chart, but the person you interviewed will be the “EGO” of the chart. Your chart should include 3-4 generations. HINT: You can make the chart in Miscrosoft Word by inserting triangles and circles and text boxes (these can be found on the “Insert” tab at the top)…or you can draw it by hand and scan or photograph it.
Include your notes when you submit your paper:
Type up your interview notes (2-3 pages minimum) and attach them with your paper.
Write your essay based on what you learned from your interview and from constructing the kinship chart:
ORGANIZE YOUR PAPER ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING OUTLINE:
In the introduction of your paper, introduce your subject, their relationship to you, life events (age, occupation, where your subject was born, where your subject lived) and identify the subject’s social, cultural, and ethnic identity.
In the body of the paper, summarize your subject’s kinship and family organization based on the answers from your ethnographic interview. This is your subject’s emic perspective.
Write a one-page conclusion using the etic perspective (your point of view as a researcher and anthropologist, not as a family member).
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