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THIS IS THE SECOND PART OF THE ESSAY WHICH SHOULD BE 1200 WORDS MAX EVERYTHING IS LISTED
AY112 Spring 2022: Final Take-home Exam – Due by midnight, Sunday May 15
This is an open-book, open-note take-home exam. In developing your answers, you may consult any assigned class materials (books, readings, films). You may not consult with anyone (including classmates) while developing your ideas for this exam; however, you may make appropriate use of the writers’ center to help with matters of organization and grammatical expression. No additional research is expected or encouraged but if you do use any outside source materials these must be acknowledged and appropriately cited. All work submitted must be your own.
This exam has two parts. You must complete both parts. Your essays should be typed, double-spaced, with pages numbered. Make sure your name is on the first page of each essay. Upload as a single file to Moodle in .doc(x) or .pdf format no later than MIDNIGHT on Sun., May 15. NOTE: Word counts are guidelines only – not a required maximum or minimum.
Support your ideas with clear and specific examples drawn from course materials. All direct quotes and close paraphrases of the readings MUST be cited with a specific parenthetical page reference, e.g.: stories people “tell themselves about themselves” (Geertz, “Deep Play,” p. 448). A formal bibliography is not necessary but it must be clear which books/articles/films you are referencing in your essays.
Part II – Cultural Anthropology – 60 points
Write a short essay of approximately 1200 words in response to the following prompt.
Choose a minimum of three (3) and no more than five (5) different required readings: at least one each from list A, B, and C (see lists on next page). Discuss how each of these works has contributed to your understanding of cultural anthropology and its goals. Identify your selections clearly and explain your ideas using clear examples and with reference to specific topics of anthropological research that we have discussed this semester.
Some questions to consider as you develop your response to Part II (you do not have to answer all of these questions but they may help generate useful ideas for your discussion):
o What have you learned from the study of cultural anthropology? How does each work you have selected illustrate those larger lessons?
o What questions do the authors ask? Why are these questions interesting or valuable for your understanding of cultural anthropology?
o What anthropological concepts do the authors employ or help to explain? Why are these concepts interesting
Course Readings for use in answering Part I and II: Lists A, B, and C
You may cite as many readings as you wish in either essay; however, if you do not cite the minimum required from each list (see instructions for each question) your answer will be penalized.
List A – Weeks 11-14: (refer to at least two readings from this list for Part I; refer to at least one reading here for Part II)
• Benson and Fischer, “Broccoli and Desire”
• Darlington, “Environmental Justice in Thailand”
• Farmer, “An Anthropology of Structural Violence”
• Fiske, “Dirty Hands”
• Holmes, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies
• Karim, “Disposable Bodies”
• Johnson and Niemeyer, “Ambivalent Landscapes”
• Mills, “Claiming Space”
• Walsh, “In the Wake of Things”
• Ybarra and Peña, “We Don’t Need Money …”
List B – Weeks 1-5: (refer to at least one reading from this list for Part II)
• Bowles, “Doing the Snap”
• Brody, “The Other Side of Eden”
• Conklin, “Subverting Stereotypes”
• Cassaniti, “Moralizing Emotions…”
• Geertz, “Deep Play”
• Goldstein, “Desconfianza and Problems of Representation”
• Mills, “Attack of the Widow Ghosts”
• Muehlmann, “Spread Your …”
• Smith, “Burials and Belonging in Nigeria”
• Spears, “Black American English”
• Striffler, “Inside a Poultry Processing Plant”
• Tyrrell, “From Placelessness to Place”
List C – Weeks 6-10: (refer to at least one reading from this list for Part II)
• Biolsi, “Race-Making in the ‘Mississippi of the North'”
• Brodkin Sacks, “How Did Jews Become White Folks?”
• Du, “Chopsticks Only Work in Pairs”
• Gay, “Mummies and Babies”
• Gottlieb, “Interpreting Gender and Sexuality”
• Graham, “It’s Like One of Those Puzzles”
• McIntosh, “White Privilege”
• Morales, “Latinos and the ‘Other’ Race Option”
• Pierre, “I Like Your Colour”
• Riggle, “Experiences of a Gender Non-Conforming …”
• Rothstein, “The Color of Law”
• Shio and Moyer, “Navigating Norms of Masculinity”
• Wieringa, “Portrait of a Women’s Marriage”

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