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#GEA2 Interview Assignment: Connecting Local to Global


  • Analyze how diversity affects interactions with major societal institutions (such as health care, criminal justice, education, employment, voting, military) from contemporary and/or historical perspectives.
  • Recognize that global issues and systems are experienced differently at local scales by identifying local problems via fieldwork and course readings and applying them to larger global concerns.


In a well-organized and well-written essay of three-to-four pages (5 pages max; full 3 pages minimum), you will address the question of diversity within your fieldwork institution from Essay 1. This assignment will ask you to do a semi-structured interview with a participant about diversity at your field institution and relate your question to broader global issues. Make sure you address feedback on your writing in from previous essays as you write your assignment. Your essay should cover the following points:

  1. Address a diversity-based problem or issue based on prior participant observation at your institution (field setting). What social problem or issue did you observe that might be an issue at your field site? You should use your prior observations, course readings, discussions, and current events to develop and support a strong thesis statement about the problem of diversity at your field institution.
  1. Semi-structured interview. These allow you to get in-depth information from a particular person based upon existing data, such as your results from participant observation. You will develop a list of 7-10 questions to ask your participant about the problem you identified. You must take notes during your interview, transcribe them into a Word document, and turn them in along with your essay. Your transcript should not be part of the essay.
  1. Analysis. You should re-read your interview and identify themes that are related to your social issue. How do your participant’s responses relate to the problem that you identified?
  1. Connecting local to global. What is the relationship between the problem you identified in your work and larger global concerns? Use topics from class discussion, materials from the textbook and course readings to help you connect your local results to global trends and conditions.

As with the first two assignments, the assignment should be turned in as a Microsoft Word document in 12-pt. font with 1” margins. It MUST be submitted both in class and online through Canvas.


You will be graded out of 50 total points, according to the following rubric:

0-10 points: A strong thesis statement of the problem, with appropriate evidence to support it

0-10 points: Transcript of semi-structured interview

0-10 points: In-depth analysis of the themes from the interview and how they relate to your problem

0-10 points: Relationship between your local problem and larger global issues

0-5 points: Appropriate use of citations

0-5 points: Appropriately addresses feedback from the previous writing assignment

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Alshemeri 1 Abdalaziz Alshemeri Russell Manzano ANT2410 April 12, 2020 Henry B. Plant Museum Building Abstract The sophisticated Henry B. Plant Museum building, constructed towards the end of the 17th century, was initially the luxurious and grand Tampa Bay Hotel. Situated on the attractive University of Tampa campus, this building is decorated with regal towering turrets (Tribune, 2018). The Henry B. Plant Museum is essential as it is the site for local and domestic tourism. Furthermore, it contains the many exhibitions that include various animal remains and cultural artifacts. Also, this is the center for cultural interaction as multiple people from different parts of the world come to meet in this site and interact with their ways of culture. Therefore, the primary use of this site is hosting the Henry B. Plant Museum and the library. Consequently, it is used as a preservation and exhibition center for various cultural artifacts. Field Report Therefore, the place visited is the Henry B. Plant Museum, and I went there. The reason why I selected this place is following my interest and attraction towards the historical sites. Besides, I have a tendency to visit museums because numerous exhibitions and people from various parts of the world characterize the area. Additionally, this museum is situated nearby, from where I currently dwell; this made it easily reach the place. Furthermore, following the current social distancing idea, I did not want to go to a site far from where I was. I have visited Alshemeri 2 this museum in the past, and thus, I have the idea of everything in it. This area is located in a quiet place, which provides an ideal place for reading and completing personal work. If I were to write a book, I would select to write it from this location following the quietness of the place and a feeling of nature that is offered by the surrounding flowers and hedges. Some various operations and activities were going on in this institution as people could be seen moving from one location to the other. Some went into the library that is within the building while others headed to the museum. People were in their daily operations, while others appeared to discuss various matters related to the museum. The type of people observed varied as people from multiple cultural and racial groups were seen. Furthermore, there was free conversation and interaction between people despite their differences. The compound of the institution is well maintained and a beautiful place, which is believed to be the primary reason why people spend more time outside. Therefore, despite the presence of a diverse population in this area, most of them seemed to focus on various activities. The ideas that are reflected in the observed behavior is the interaction between people of different racial and cultural groups when they are brought together by a common goal. It is apparent that most of the persons in this museum were strangers to one another; however, this did not stop them from communicating with one another. Despite the reduced activities in this museum, people still enjoyed being in this area. It is possible to infer that a good number of persons were from the city where life is usually congested, and one may lack some personal space or a place to relax. The cultural values reflected from this observation include collectivism and individualism; this was depicted by the tendency of people in this institution to be in groups while others prefer staying alone. For those who stayed alone, they signified those who promote the idea of individualism while those who walked in groups signify the value of collectivism. Alshemeri 3 The issue of gender is another cultural value that came up in the course of the observation. Some people segregated themselves into their distinctive genders. Males preferred walking with their fellow males while females walked around with females. In this fieldwork institution, the concept of diversity was very distinct as people from various cultural groups were observed in this area. For instance, people from multiple races like Black, Whites, and Native people were observed in this premise. The diversity was extended to the languages spoken by these people; some used English while others used English. People likewise depicted diversity in terms of gender and age; there were both males and females. Furthermore, the diversity was also illustrated in the type of clothing worn by various persons as some were in clothes that insinuate more of the cultural dress code while others were in modern clothes. Religion is another aspect of diversity that was observed in this field institution. For instance, I observed a woman who was in a Hijab that indicated that she was from the Islamic religion. Further, as I was relaxing within the compound, an elderly person sat next to me, and he began discussing some issues that were based on Christianity religion. Even though I was not very conversant with the religious topic, I tried to take part in the conversation. Finally, there were persons from various social classes in society; the type of vehicles they owned and other things depicted this. The information that I would need to fully understand the location is what motivated the founder of the building to select this place and what is interesting about it. Furthermore, I would like to get the views of those who have visited the location and understand their overall experience with the museum. Additionally, talking to the employees in the museum would be necessary to fully understand how they operate and some of the challenges they face in this Alshemeri 4 workplace. This would help in understanding the plights of the employees and the implication of these challenges to the operations and services offered by the museum. Alshemeri 5 Works cited: Tribune, S. (2018). The Henry B. Plant Museum Opens Its Archives To Reveal Rare Photographs Of The Tampa Bay Hotel. Sunland Tribune, 29(1), 11. Alshemeri 6 ...
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