Describe an aspect of your own culture from an etic (outsider’s) perspective in Part I of the paper.

Description:
: In the Final Research Paper, you will

Describe an aspect of your own culture from an etic (outsider’s) perspective in Part I of the paper.

Describe an aspect of another culture from an emic (insider’s) perspective in Part II of the paper.

Apply cultural relativism in order to examine misconceptions about culture that may occur due to ethnocentrism.

Keep the distinction between cultural relativism and moral relativism in mind as you write your final paper.

Even if you do not personally agree with a cultural practice, explain how the practice makes sense in its cultural context.

Avoid opinionated or judgmental language in your paper.

Analyze your chosen aspect in terms of how it developed as part of a social system within both your culture and another culture.

Analyze your chosen aspect in terms of its purpose as part of a social system both within your own culture and another culture.

The Final Research Paper

Must be five to six double-spaced pages in

: The first step for the final paper is to select a topic from the list we provided you (gender, eduction, politics, business, rites of passages, etc. etc.)
Once you have a topic, you will need to research that topic both as it is practiced and understood in your culture (the United States “American culture”) AND a culture that is not your culture (a culture we assigned you based on the topic you selected)
For example, if you selected gender, you can write about gender in the African American community or another subculture within the United States, or write about gender in general as it is understood in the United States for Part I of the paper;
HOWEVER, for Part II, you cannot focus on the United States, rather, you are required to write about a different culture: the culture we assigned you based on the topic they you selected. For example: gender is the Fijian culture (Fuji) for Part II.
To be clear and with utmost respect to each of you allow me to restate this important aspect of the final paper; in doing so please do not take my repetitiveness as an insult; rather, understand the spirit of seeking to make sure we are all on the same page here with respect to direction–your success is as important to me as it is to you:
Again, you are not to write about the US (“American” culture or subculture) in both section of your final paper; rather you are only allowed to write about the United States (“American” culture or subculture) in Part I. Please note that African American, European American, Spanish American, the Amish, etc. etc. are part of the United States culture–they are in fact subcultures within a larger pluralistic society known as the “American culture”–they are not different cultures although they have unique practices within them (again, they are subcultures).

Must include at least one full-text scholarly resource ideally from the University of Arizona Global Campus Library in addition to the textbook, the Miner article, and the article chosen from the List of Topics (Links to an external site.) in Part II of the Week 3 assignment.

Introduction
Write an introductory paragraph that:
 Sets up your topic, previews and summarizes the analysis you will present in the body of
the paper. Everything covered in your paper should relate back to the introduction and
thesis statement.
 Ends with a thesis statement that clearly states what the main point of your paper will be.
 Draw from what you learned while identifying thesis statements in the Week Two
Locating Scholarly Resources assignment to help you craft your own thesis
statement.
 Review your instructor’s feedback on your thesis statement from your Week
Three Summarize Your Sources for the Final Research Paper assignment.
Part I
Write two- to two-and-a-half pages that:
 Describes an aspect of your own culture from an etic perspective. You chose this aspect of
culture on the Week 3 Worksheet assignment. You can describe American culture in
general or you can describe an American subculture, such as a specific geographical
group (e.g., New Yorkers), a particular ethnicity (e.g., African Americans), or an agerelated category of Americans (e.g., millennials).
 Uses the article by Miner to guide your own description. How would an anthropologist
describe the topic you have chosen?
 Uses the textbook.
 Uses at least one reliable source to support your analysis. Review the ANT101: Evaluating
Sources tutorial from the Ashford Library for help choosing a reliable source.
 Uses in-text citations every time you include information you learned from one of your
sources. Review the In-Text Citation Guide for help with this.
 Demonstrates a culturally relativistic perspective. Do not use opinionated or judgmental
language.
Part II
Write two- to two-and-a-half pages that:
 Describes an aspect of another culture from an emic perspective. You chose this
aspect of culture on the Week 3 Worksheet assignment and you were assigned a
particular article based on the List of Topics.
 Uses the assigned article to guide your description.
 Uses in-text citations every time you include information you learned from one of your
sources. Review the In-Text Citation Guide for help with this.
 Demonstrates a culturally relativistic perspective. Do not use opinionated or
judgmental language.
Conclusion
Write a concluding paragraph that:
 Reinforces your thesis.
 Summarizes and ties together your main points for the reader.
 Incorporates some of your self-reflexive analysis from the Journal entry you created in Week