Choose a time and location for where/when you are going to conduct your observations of an ethnographic scene (mall, public transportation, coffee shop, etc.).
Go to the specified location and proceed with your observations. Find a place to sit quietly and to simply watch what is going on. Do not talk to or interview people during this time.
Take notes (handwritten recommended). Include details about the scene itself (time of day, lighting, furniture, plants, sounds, temperature, smell, vibe/energy, etc), details about the people around you (their characteristics, their behavior).
When your 25 minutes are finished, leave the scene. In a quiet place, fill out your notes. At this time, you should start to think about concepts that you`ve learned in class that fit with your observations. This step is critical.
Write a 4-6 page reaction paper about your observations Your paper should:
Define and discuss culture using our course materials
Include a ‘thick description` of the location with clear detail of your observations
Analyze your observations, identifying four anthropological concepts that fit your observations. Define the concept and analyze how it fits your observations.
Include your field notes at the end
Name Instructor Course Date Culture Culture means the characteristics of a particular group of individuals, and it is defined by many aspects including language, music, religion, morals among others. In a simpler way, culture can be seen as the way of life of a particular group of individuals over a given period. People who have the same culture share a common view of the world, and they are socially connected. Culture has five characteristics. The first one is that is it learned. Culture is acquired through active teaching, and it is transferable from one generation to another. In any society, the practices they perform were passed over to them by their ancestors. Learning allows culture to continue in a given society. Secondly, culture is shared. It is not a product of an individual rather it defines a group. People share a culture, and it meets their needs. That is why culture sets out a whole group because people identify with it. Thirdly, it is patterned