Analysis paper on christianity and buddism

n your Write-up you must address all of the following, each of which is explained in detail below.

1. Audience and purpose
2. Content
* Introduction
* Setting
* Methods
* Anthropological/sociological questions
* Provisional conclusions
3. Key concepts
4. References
5. Mechanics

Audience and Purpose

Write this paper as if you were communicating with a group of people who have not taken this class, but want to know more about anthropology/sociology. Your purpose is to explain the process of ethnographic fieldwork, present your findings, and describe your experience as an anthropologist or sociologist. Remember, the audience for your Write-up is not familiar with sociological and anthropological terms.


a. Introduction

1. Explain your plan for the paper.
2. What are the anthropological or sociological questions that you plan to answer?
3. What and whose definition of culture has guided your research if any?

Hint: it is a good idea to talk about how you view culture, and present your overarching assumptions in the Introduction. Then, treat your paper as an opportunity to validate, or illustrate (but not necessarily prove) these assumptions.

b. Setting

1. What is the exact field site and issue that you are studying? Briefly describe the social issue and the exact location that you will be studying.
2. How did you select this particular issue or location?
3. What did you already know about this issue or location that has helped guide your research?
4. What preconceived ideas did you have about this topic and the people that inhabit this location that you needed to temper during your research?

c. Methods

1. What field methods did you use in your research? Why?
2. Did you talk to people (informants)? How did you make contact with the informants?
3. Describe the characteristics of your primary informants.
4. Describe any challenges or concerns you considered as you conducted your research.

d. Your Anthropological/Sociological Questions

1. What anthropological or sociological questions does your research address?

For this assignment, you shouldnA t worry about conducting original research, and you shouldnA t feel obligated to read every text about your topic. However, you SHOULD have a general understanding of sociological issues surrounding your topic. Some outside or background reading will inevitably be necessary for this assignment, and you should SIMPLY present a summary of what you have learned about this topic that will help the reader understand the complexity of the issues at hand.

For this assignment, you will need a minimum of three outside sources: two print sources (book, academic publication, etc.) and one non-Wikipedia Internet reference. You may also use and other Internet sources as part of your assignment, but you must be sure to cite your sources. Also, using wiki sources as a starting point for other sources is okay, as long as you mention those other sources as separate sources.

e. Provisional Conclusions

1. How does this issue affect society?
2. How could society benefit from a solution to this problem?
3. Additional questions for future research

3. Key Concepts

In order to present the content of your research AND be sure your audience will understand your meanings, youA ll need to use and explain the key concepts below as they relate to your fieldwork. In other words, incorporate the definitions throughout your paper, not as a list.
Anthropological/sociological questions
Emic/etic viewpoints
Ethical considerations
Participant observation
Social norms

Sociological theory
Chicago School
Conflict/order theory
Ethnocentric Labeling
Power and representation
The Looking Glass Theory
Founding Fathers (Weber, Durkheim, Marx, etc.)

In your paper, you should address a minimum of 8 to 10 of these terms. You may also want to include a short definition if you think that the meaning would be unclear to someone who has not taken an anthropology or sociology class.

4. References

In order to lend credibility to your research you should reference any readings that helped you think about your research. You may quote readings directly or put ideas in your own words. Either way, you must reference the reading by putting the title of the article in quotes after the ideas appear in your paper. Like this:

My fieldwork site was not as dangerous at the one Bourgois studied, but I still had to be careful not to offend people by the questions I asked. (Understanding Inner City Poverty”)

5. Mechanics

* Use paragraphs to organize your paper. You might consider using the topic headings above as a guide.
* Spell check. DonA t rely on spell check to catch all grammatical errors, and it most likely wonA t catch all spelling errors. Proof read with care and intention.
* Read your paper aloud to people who know nothing about anthropology or sociology. Ask them if your paper makes sense. Clarify any confusion in writing.
* Use a 12pt font, Times, or similar Helvetica or Arial family (standard) format: its easier to read.
* When you reference readings, put the title of the article(s) in quotation marks. Like this: How to Ask for a Drink

key terms from the word bank must be in bold print