Rgument , Question, Connections, Implications (AQCI)
Essay will be on Lila Abu-Lughods ethnography Writing Womens Worlds Bedouin Stories”.
Essay must be structured in following format:
1. Argument. State the authoras explicit or implicit argument in the assigned ethnography, as you understand it. Include both what the author is arguing for and what s/he is arguing against. In order to interpret the authoras argument, do the following:
Central Quotations. Select, quote, and analyze passages from the assigned
reading that you think are central to the authoras argument. Remember This may be an explicitly stated argument, or it may be implicit in the general
emphasis of the text, and the authoras analytical style, etc. Always cite the authoras name, publication year, and page number after the quote, in the following form (Green 2002:25) [This is known as Chicago Style and is the format preferred by the American Anthropological Association.]
2. Question. Raise a question that you think is not fully, or satisfactorily, answered by the text. This should be a question of interpretation or of inquiry, not simply one of fact.
a) Textual connection. Connect the argument of this text to an argument or point you find in another reading assignment from this class. Present a quote from other texts (citing them properly), and explain how the present textas argument contrasts with, confirms, clarifies, or elaborates the other textas argument or point.
b) Experiential connection. Connect the argument of this text to a direct experience from the world around you.
4. Implications. Lay out what this argument (#1 above) implies for understanding some aspects of a culture, society, group, or nation you are interested in or know something about, either from direct experience or from readings.