Ethnography Project

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Hello there please follow the rubric to do this project. For your reference you can use the book. Please if you have any question let me know. Please make sure to follow all the steps.

Ethnography of a Subculture Instructions and guidelines for project For this assignment, you’ll learn about a subculture by observing and experiences it firsthand (and participate in it). Be you begin, review the following terminology in your textbook and/or lesson; ascribed vs. achieved status, cultural materialism, cultural relativism, dialect, emic and etic, ethnography, gender, key informants, kinesics, participant –observation, ritual, stratification, style shifting, subculture and symbol. Choose a subculture that is easily recognized for it’s own, unique characteristics buy “outsiders” (i.e. those who are not par t of the subculture), and consists of a group of people who all share the same worldview or beliefs, have a common goal or purpose, are of the same nationality, etc. Choose a specific group to write about, rather than one that has a really broad scope (e.g. a major religion would be too broad, but a specific denomination, mosque, church or temple would be fine). This assignment will allow you to practice an anthropological approach, which includes: 1. Participant-observation: try choosing a subculture for which you can attend an event or a ritual and, ideally have the opportunity to participate in it. If this is not possible, interview your informants in a setting related to their subculture or where their events/traditions take place (e.g. workplace, sacred place, studio, university campus, etc.). a. Open- ended interviews: in addition to making observations, you need to collect your data by interviewing at least two people who are members of this subculture (face-to-face interviews are the best!). Construct questions that allow your informants to provide you with detailed responses. You must devise in-depth questions that are structured around topic in the outline. Put a lot of careful thought into this. You might find it necessary to interview your informant more than one to collect enough data with which to write your paper. 2. Cross-cultural comparison, holistic perspective and applying cultural relativism: you’ll be doing this when you address the section and follow instructions in the outline below. The result will be a ‘mini- ethnography’ of a particular subculture within American society. An ethnography is not the same thing as a research paper; you will bit be conduction a literature search for this assignment. Keep on mind that this is an ethnography of a subculture/group/community, not of a particular tradition, ritual or holiday (though your paper may include several of these, they should not form the main focus of your paper). For the purpose of this assignment we’re broadening the definition of a subculture to include activities that might be of interest to you (e.g. hobbies, sports, occupations, religious activities, etc.) Examples of past student ethnography topics: firefighter, surfing, nursing, hip hop, reform Judaism, US Navy, a particular fraternity, VietnameseAmerican in Garden Grove, board gaming. The only restrictions are that you must choose a subculture your are not already a part of, and students will not be permitted to study a subculture with a focus on any of the following: violence or causing harm to others; discrimination towards other groups; drugs or drug related topic; or sex/pornography. Interviews: • • • Choose at least two informants. This is not a research paper, but one that is based on information that you will obtain through interviews, observations and if possible, participation. To use an unbiased approach, interview your informants individually so they don not influence each other’s answers. Devise your own, open-ended questions that will allow you to obtain indepth information to address all of the sections below. Each individual will likely have a slightly different experience as a member of that culture. Take advantage of that by tailoring your questions to your informants. In other works, ask each person questions that pertain to their individual roles, positions or experiences in the subculture. Submit your informants’ responses with your paper. Whether you take notes by hand or make audio/video recordings of your interviews, you must provided a typed transcription of your interview notes with your assignment (including dates, times and places or your interviews at the top). Include them in a separate section at the end of your paper (you can call it ‘interview notes’). Points will be deducted from assignments without interview notes. Format: Your paper must be types using Microsoft word or save as a docx. Include each of the sections in the outline in the next section and follow the format below: • At least five pages in length • Double spaces • 12 point font • Default margin (1” top/bottom. 1”left/right) • Include interview notes at the end of your paper (include dates, times and places of the interviews at the top). Outline Guidelines for the paper: Make sure your paper is very detailed- as if I have never heard of the subculture before! Since you will be writing about your own experience and understanding of this subculture, as well as describing the culture from others’ perspectives, you need to use both a first person and third person voice throughout the paper. Organize your paper in the following six sections (include the heading/titles in your paper in the same order they occur below. I. • • • II. • III. • • • IV. • • • V. • • Introduction: Provide a brief description of the subculture (including the characteristics, attributes, etc. that unite member of this group). Introduce your informants (not necessary to include their names, but describe their roles or positions in the subculture and some brief details about them). Briefly describe when and where the interviews, events, etc. took place. Worldviews, Ideals and Beliefs: Describe some of the worldviews, beliefs, values, attitudes, etc. shared by members of this subculture. Consider whether they share a common way of thinking, philosophy, ideology, religion, etc. (e.g. superstitions, discrimination, common goals…) Cultural Rule: Discuss several examples of this groups’ culture riles, and possible unwritten rules ( this might be harder to uncover, as unwritten rules are those which people don’t really recognize). Describe some of the status differences that exist in this subculture, or examples or stratification. Discuss any gender-related issues present in this community Traditions, Rituals and Symbols Include detailed descriptions of at least two traditions, rituals or other activities describes by your informants and/or that your observed or participated in. If possible discuss a ritual (religious or secular/non-religious) in detail, including an explanation of why it qualifies as a ritual (i.e. what makes it ritualistic in nature?). Choose a particular aspect of a ritual/tradition/activity – such as an action, object article of clothing, color etc. – for which you can discover and describe: o It’s symbolic significance (emic perspective) and the practical reason(s) behind it, or a cultural materialist explanation for it (etic perspective). Choose an action, object , piece of clothing, color, etc. Communication: Consider whether this subculture used specialized terminology, codes, jargon or slang that is unique to this group. If so provided several examples with a brief description of each. OR: If this subculture uses a dialect of English, provide some detailed examples and description. • • VI. • • • Explain how style shifting is used in this subculture and provide some detailed examples Describe at least one example of kinesics (non-verbal communication) you observed. Conclusion: Briefly provide a description of this subculture using an etic perspective. Think about ‘’outsides’’ view this group, their traditions, cultural rules, beliefs and/or ways of speaking (positive or negative). Use cross-cultural comparison, to compare and contrast one or more aspects of this subculture to mainstream American culture (or a subculture to which you belong). Describe some of the similarities and differences between the two groups. Discuss the importance of practicing Cultural Relativism when studying, observing and learning about a culture that is different from your own.

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School: UCLA

Hello, find the attached. You will get the interviews after the references


The Mahamudra Culture



The Mahamudra Culture

Culture is a system of interrelated components that defines the value, trust in a claim and
personal interest of people living within a unique societal set-up. The existence of culture is
marked with common interests whether traditional or technologically influenced. These common
interests must be comprehensive, acquired through learning and must be manifested within
boundaries of acceptable characters. However, subculture are values and accepted norms that
distinguish a particular group of individuals from the major group within the wider society
(Tenzin & Berzin, 1997). According to the interviews that I carried out on late November in one
of the school lecture halls, Buddhism is a religion culture that is practiced in Tibet, Korea,
Vietnam and Japan but also common in China and Singapore. The differences in practice among
Buddhists from one individual to another and from one country to the other are usually shaped
by cultural rather than religious practices. The dharma practitioners have countless lifestyle and
therefore needs something that can fit into any lifestyle; this led to the generation of mahamudra
meditation. Mahamudra is a different Buddhist subculture practice of meditation. This practice
originated in India and is common in Tibet, it instills the culture of rest in the essence of an
individual’s own mind. It is the advanced meditation practice that is taught in Tibetan Buddhist
school at Kyagu. Its basic principle of meditation and self-realization emphasizes the actual
personal experience. It is known to change lives in unique ways as it makes an individual realize
the truth about their spiritual practice and strengthen their ties with the divine being. Mahamudra
Buddhists are united by one objective i.e. self-actualization through meditation (Tenzen &
Berzin, 1997).
World Views, Ideals and Beliefs



This meditation technique is applied world-wide in therapeutically and psychological
institutions to achieve the great sealing nature of the mind. This helps in identifying the
relationship between mind and reality. Human beings have the tendency of confusing reality with
fantasy and this is the source of our problems. Being in a position to clearly demarcate the
intimate relationship of the mind and reality enhances liberation and enlightenment. And this is
the cultural belief of mahamudra (Lama & Berzin, 1997).
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Tutor went the extra mile to help me with this essay. Citations were a bit shaky but I appreciated how well he handled APA styles and how ok he was to change them even though I didnt specify. Got a B+ which is believable and acceptable.

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