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EN105-N1: Essay 2 Assignment
Length: 5-6 full pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12
Final draft due: Thursday, March 29.
In a?Grief and a Headhunteras Rage,a? Renato Rosaldo describes a new paradigm for anthropological study, one that resists treating rituals as a microcosm for the society being observed while simultaneously incorporating the position of the observer into the analysis. He argues that the position of the observer allows for a certain detachment, but that he is nonetheless a part of the observation himself. On pages 600-601, he states:
The ethnographer, as a positioned subject, grasps certain human phenomena better than others. He occupies a position or cultural location and observes with a particular angle of vision. Consider, for example, how age, gender, being an outsider, and association with a neocolonial regime influence what the ethnographer learns. The notion of position also refers to how life experiences both enable and inhibit particular kinds of insight.
In Part I of The Aran Islands and Connemara, John Millington Synge describes his experiences living amongst the Aran Islanders and writes his observations of their daily life and their rituals. In a concise, well-reasoned essay, I would like you to explore Syngeas positioning in his ethnographic work using Rosaldo as your guide. What is his position in his analysis? Based on his observations and comparison, what does his purpose seem to be in conducting the research? Does Synge treat ritual as a cultural microcosm, or does his writing reveal an approach that more closely resembles Rosaldoas notion of ritual as a busy intersection? What is Syngeas a?angle of vision,a? and how can you tell (think gender, age, political affiliation, socio-economic status, etc)? What are the specific points in the text that inform you as to Syngeas angle of vision? Does he bring with him any biases or preconceived notions? If so, where can you detect them? Do you think he is successful in maintaining a reasonable distance between himself and his subjects, or has he lost perspective? Is he treated as an outsider or does he conduct his work from a more familiar position?
This essay is more complex than the first, so itas important to get an early start. The final product will necessarily include quotations from both Synge and Rosaldo.
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