Writing an Anthropological Research Project for Cultural Anthropology (2-3 Pages)
This guide will look familiar as it includes many points from the proposal guide. You will be refining your proposal into a full research paper.
Note, you must respect the privacy of your informants. Use "fake" name or codes.
As for the major work, the main things you need to do with the old material from your proposal is:
1) Put the paper in the past tense. "I did X, Y, and Z."
2) The schedule of work section is removed and replaced with a section called "results" which is a section that includes data and findings.
3) You will have a final section labeled "Conclusion" at the end that summarizes your interpretations of the data, and discusses the importance of your study.
For full credit include:
Be as concise and explicit as you can.
Use this section to introduce the questions and issues central to your research. Identify the field of study in broad terms and indicate how your research intervenes in the field.
BE SPECIFIC ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH QUESTION.
Your research question must be 1-2 sentences, clear and concise.
c) Research background and questions
Use this section to expand your Introduction. What are the key texts and approaches in the field, and how does your proposal differ from existing lines of argument? What does your project contribute to existing work in the field? How does it extend our understanding of particular questions or topics? You need to set out your research questions as clearly as possible, explain the problems that you want to explore and say why it is important to do so. In other words, think about how to situate your project in the context of your discipline.
CITE OTHER ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH!
d) Research methods
This section will detail how you achieved what you set out to do in research background and questions. This will obviously depend very much on your research topic. What sources did you use? Did you use participant observation? If so why? Were your interviews be structured or unstructured? What theoretical resources helped you find insight and why?
Use this section to demonstrate that you gathered data. This can include charts, data, and interpretations. It can also contain key interview answers, narratives, thick description and more.
This section summarizes your paper but also should include a discussion of how you interpret your results. What were your findings? How does this relate to what other researchers have said? How does your work fit within the broad trend of cultural anthropology we have discussed, in other words, how does your project contribute to anthropology as a whole?
Include a bibliography, in a standard format such as MLA, listing the books and articles to which you refer in the proposal.