Cultural Anthropology Term Paper

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This is the final paper. 3 - 5 pages with double space.

Title page and reference page are not counted.

The requirement is attached.

You have to choose three articles from these topics. Religion, LGBT, culture diversity and human behavior.

Final Paper Assignment From the syllabus: Paper—15%. In addition to the course text, students will be asked to read three ethnographic articles of your choosing. An ethnography is the primary result of the work done by cultural anthropologists. You will then be asked to write an individual 3-5 pp paper about the articles in terms of what you learn from the course text book (more details to come, as you learn more about anthropology and its processes). A rubric will be attached to the assignment in Canvas. Paper is due by 5 pm, May 5. Paper I would suggest you approach this paper in one of two ways. You can either choose to focus on a concept or theme that the book addresses and research it from a cross-cultural perspective, or you can focus on a specific culture to learn more about. However, if you have another idea, please feel free to run it by me. I am always open to other approaches, provided you hit the main points on the rubric. Either way, you will need to bring in at least one key concept to address in your paper. Be sure to explicitly define your concept, and explain how it applies to the culture or cultural processes you’re discussing in your paper. Ethnographic articles You will be researching three scholarly texts to use for reference for your essay. Our librarian will be providing an online guide to what “scholarly” means, as well as how to go about looking for these articles using the library’s databases. But I do want to say upfront that dictionaries and encyclopedias will not count as one of the three sources, and Wikipedia should not be used as a reference at all. Formatting This should be an "I" paper, written from your own perspective, but informed by the articles you've read and the concepts you've learned this semester. Paper 3-5 double-spaced pages; standard font (Arial, Times, Calibri), font size (10 or 12 point), and margins. Title page (which is not required) does not count as a page. Citation page does not count as a page. I will not necessarily take off points for spelling and grammar errors, but please note that a paper that is difficult to read due to these kinds of issues will likely be graded more harshly. You must cite your articles as you reference them in your paper. If you need help in writing the paper, or choosing a writing style, please start here: If you have never written a term paper before, please email me so I can assist you further. As you are all in different majors, you can choose the citation style that is used in your major/potential profession, but please be consistent. In other words, whatever style you use (parenthetical, foot notes, end notes, etc.) please make sure that you use the same style throughout the paper, and draft your bibliography accordingly. Choose a style, and use it consistently. ALL factual info must be cited, even if written in your own words. Copying and pasting=plagiarism=0. Although it is not required, I highly suggest at least a virtual visit to the writing lab on campus: They will be able to help you with style guides, intext citations, and formatting a Works Cited/Bibliography page. You will lose points for inconsistent/incorrect formatting. Rubric: Minimum 3 pages, double-spaced, no weird fonts, normal margins Full Marks 3.0 pts No Marks 0.0 pts 3.0 pts Full Marks 3.0 pts No Marks 0.0 pts 3.0 pts Full Marks 3.0 pts No Marks 0.0 pts 3.0 pts Practice cultural relativism--avoid "weird," "crazy," etc. Full Marks 3.0 pts No Marks 0.0 pts 3.0 pts Utilize at least one key concept from the course text. Full Marks 3.0 pts No Marks 0.0 pts 3.0 pts view longer description Minimum 3 scholarly sources view longer description Consistent and accurate citation style view longer description

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Cultural Anthropology Term Paper
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In the context of cultural anthropology, the aspect of culture and how it influences the
human behavior is critical to the understanding of the current situation that surrounds religion,
social rights of individuals, emerging trends in culture, diversity and human behavior. It is
imperative to understand that culture influences all aspects of human life including how human
beings relate to each other and their underlying behavior. Drawing from the definition of cultural
anthropology, culture is understood to refer to the full range of learned human behaviors
patterns. Culture is an essential and powerful tool especially for human survival although it is a
fragile phenomenon since it is continually changing and easily lost as it exists predominately on
the human mind. Religion, diversity, language, and socially learned behaviors such as LGBT are
all the products of culture. In this paper, I intend to evaluate some of the research articles relating
to religion, cultural diversity, LGBT, and human behavior with a central focus on the concept of
Several scholars have done research on the aspect of culture as it relates to religion, and
other social constructs and behavior. In my opinion, I tend to believe that culture is a changing
trend because it only exists in our minds. Language, for example, is formed from learned culture.
As an individual, I speak a language that I culture instills in me and that I learn as a result of a
changing behavior of humans. Culture is considered a critical aspect of humans and it determines
the way people relate. In the economic dimension, culture determines economic growth. James
D. Fearon (2003) in the article titled, “Ethnic and Cultural Diversity by Country,” examines
whether the cultural dimension of a country determines its level of economic growth. Many
scholars have tried to examine whether culture and ethnic diversity influence a country's
economy. James D. Fearon (2003) in his perspective concludes by a thorough examination of the


perspectives of different scholars who have researched the underlying question of whether ethnic
diversity influences economic growth.
Ethnic diversity as an aspect that determines the population composition of a country
though not directly related to the economic growth of a state influences some behaviors which
have the potential to contribute positively to the growth and development of a nation. In other
words, culture is enshrined within the framework of people’s diverse composition which is
critical in defining their behavior and how this behavior may contribute to the growth of the
country’s economy. Cultural fractionalization, for example, is viewed by James D. Fearon (2003)
in the article as a key a determinant of a country’s economy since...

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