Analyze your preconceptions and biases about a subculture.It is important that you follow the guidelines we established in class for choosing a field site.
Research Proposal Assignment Sheet
One of the most important things you do this semester is pick a field site for your final paper. Most of the assignments we work on this semester will either contribute directly to your final paper or give you strategies and skills that will be useful for the final project. Because of this, it is very important that you pick a field site and subculture to study that you will find interesting and that is rich enough to build your final project around.
It is important that you follow the guidelines we established in class for choosing a field site. You must pick a site in your local area that you can access easily, because you will need to visit this site numerous times over the course of the semester. You also must pick the site where the people of the subculture you wish to study will give you permission to hang around, take pictures, conduct interviews, make observations, etc. You MUST visit your field site and/or talk to them on the phone before you finish your proposal. You should not choose a site that is dangerous, difficult to access, too familiar to you, or too upsetting for you. Remember—you need to pick a field site AND a subculture!
For this assignment, you will write up a proposal for your research project, and the field site you choose will be approved by me. Requests to change topics during the semester due to outstanding circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, because all of our work throughout the term will lead up to your final ethnographic essay, a topic change will necessitate rewriting all of the papers we have done to that point. For this reason, you should think carefully about the field site and subculture you propose.
Goals for This Assignment
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