Rites of Passage in the US and Japanes Culture

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Research Paper needs to be about the Rites of Passage in the US and Japanese culture.

In the Final Research Paper, you will examine your own culture from an etic (outsider’s) perspective and another culture from an emic (insider’s) perspective to demonstrate your understanding of cultural relativism and examine misconceptions and ethnocentric beliefs concerning each of these cultures. 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, demonstrate your understanding of the practice in its cultural context. Avoid opinionated or judgmental language in your paper.

Cultural relativism is the idea that the beliefs and practices of a culture should be understood within the context of that particular culture’s background, history, and current events surrounding it. We should not ethnocentrically impose our own beliefs and opinions, which are products of our own enculturation.

Cultural relativism is not the same as moral relativism, however. As Crapo (2013) notes

We need not, for instance, come to value infanticide in order to understand the roles it may play in peoples’ lives in a society where it is customary. What cultural relativism requires of us is simply that we do not confuse our own feelings about such a custom with understanding it. To do the latter, we must investigate the meanings the custom has for those who practice it and the functions it may fulfill in their society. (section 1.4, “Cultural Differences: Cultural Relativism,” para. 3)

Keep the distinction between cultural relativism and moral relativism in mind as you write your Final Research Paper. Even if you do not personally agree with a cultural practice, demonstrate your understanding of the practice in its cultural context. Avoid opinionated or judgmental language in your paper.

Please review the Tutorial for the Week Five Final Paper, which will walk you through how to successfully complete the Final Research Paper. Your Final Research Paper will consist of two main parts, framed by an Introduction and a Conclusion. See the Final Paper Flow Chart for a quick overview of the assignment. See the following instructions for information on each part of the paper.

Introduction

Begin with an introductory paragraph that has a thesis statement at the end. The introduction should set up your topic, giving a preview and summary of the analysis you will present in the body of the paper. The thesis statement is the last sentence or two of the introduction and states what the main point structuring your paper will be.

Here is an Example of an Introduction.

Part I

Using the article by Miner (1956) and the feedback you received from your instructor on your worksheet in Week Three, describe one aspect of your own culture from an etic perspective. See the appropriate Sections in the Textbook in the List of Topics, based on your chosen topic from Week Three, for information on how to approach your paper from an anthropological perspective. You can describe American culture in general, as Miner does, 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 age-related category of Americans (e.g., millennials).

Use reputable statistics and/or scholarly research to support any factual statements. Do not rely solely on personal experience or opinion.

Here is an Example of Part I.

Part II

Refer to the article you chose for Part II of the worksheet assignment in Week Three and describe an aspect of another culture from an emic (insider’s) perspective. You do not have to do research beyond reading your chosen article; however, if you do choose to conduct additional research make sure to use reputable statistics and/or scholarly sources to support any factual statements. Do not rely upon personal experience or opinion.

Here is an Example of Part II.

Conclusion

End with a concluding paragraph that reinforces your thesis. Summarize and tie together your main points for the reader. Provide a brief self-reflexive analysis of what you learned while writing this paper.

Here is an Example of Conclusion.


The Final Research Paper

  • Must be five to six double-spaced pages in length (excluding title page and references page, meaning it will be seven to eight pages total), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (see the APA Essay Checklist for Students).
  • Must include a title page (see title page) with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  • Must have well-structured body paragraphs with clear transitions from one topic to the next. Incorporate in-text citations (see In-Text Citation Guide) from your scholarly sources to support your analysis throughout the paper.
  • Must describe an aspect of your own culture from an etic perspective for Part I.
  • Must describe an aspect of another culture from an emic perspective for Part II.
  • Must demonstrate a perspective of cultural relativism throughout, avoiding judgmental and opinionated language.
  • Must end with a conclusion that that reinforces the thesis and provides a self-reflexive analysis.
  • Must use at least one scholarly resource in addition to the textbook, the Miner article, and the article chosen from the list in Part II of the Week Three assignment.
  • Must document all sources in APA style in the body of the paper and on the references page as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate References Page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Here is an Example of a References Page.

Tutor Answer

QUARDIAN
School: UC Berkeley

There you go!!! Kindly feel free to contact me in case you need edits to this work.Goodbye

AMERICAN AND JAPANESE CULTURES

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American and Japanese Cultures
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AMERICAN AND JAPANESE CULTURES

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The world apparently has many countries and states. Each country or state has many
tribes who have their own specific and unique cultures, beliefs, and traditions. The cultures have
their procedures which are followed and are performed at a specific time in the people’s lives.
These cultures also carry meaning and are significant at one point or another and each country or
tribes perform them differently. This paper will try to compare and contrast the different cultures,
including rites of passage of the United States and Japan from an etic and emic perspective
respectively. Part one of the paper will cover the United States while part two covering Japan.
To begin with, the United States has many states which comprise of Native Americans
and African Americans who have different cultures. Body ritual is one of the customs that is
practiced by the Nacirema people, natives of North America. They have a highly developed
market economy. Though they spend much of their time in economic activities, much of there is
spend in performing rituals with the body being their main concern (Linton, 1936).they believe
that their bodies are ugly and are prone to diseases and that it can only be prevented by use of
rituals.as such, each household possesses one or more shrines that are used for this purpose. The
rituals are secret and private and are only discussed with children. The central part of the shrine
is a box which is built in the wall. The box is used to store the charms and magical portions
which are obtained from powerful medicine men ...

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