On this day in Round and Square History
2 November 2014—China's Lunar Calendar: 2014 11-02
2 November 2013—China's Lunar Calendar: 2013 11-02
2 November 2012—Rural Religion in China (33)
2 November 2011—Seinfeld Ethnography: Jerry's Haircut
|[a] Modeled RF|
This is the penultimate writing assignment in my social and cultural theory course. All term, students have been reading theoretical essays in various anthologies and working diligently to make them make sense. The whole purpose of the course is to learn to use theoretical insights in our own work, and that means that we must position the readings in their historical context, learn what has changed, what theoretical trails have run cold, and, sometimes, find the ones that we need to travel down...again. Toward that end, I assign two sets of ethnographies for students upon which students can test their growing skills. They may choose either Renato Rosaldo's Ilongot Headhunting and Michelle Rosaldo's Knowledge and Passion—both the product of extensive, partnered fieldwork in the Philippines. The other choice is Edward Schieffelin's The Sorrow of the Lonely and the Burning of the Dancers and Steven Feld's Sound and Sentiment—the products of another kind of teamwork among the Kaluli of New Guinea. The readings take two weeks, and they culminate in this assignment.
|[b] Dance-sound RF|
|[c] Painted Totem RF|
—Follow standard Chicago Manual of Style citation form, and use the style sheet as you proceed.
—There should be a short bibliography of sources (class books and any outside materials that you happen to have consulted) at the end of your document.
—Be sure that you fill out a “paper checklist” and attach it to your essay.
—Good luck. There is more than enough material to write any number of essays. Choose several good points, scenes, or themes. Then write one.
Use the word count feature of your software and put the word total at the bottom of the essay, e.g. “3,262 words.”
|[e] One RF|