Introduction to Anthropology

This paper is to be at least 2000 words (approximately 6 pages), typed, double- spaced, size 10–12 font with reasonable sized margins (1”-1.5”). Spelling and grammar are important to any college paper and if you have significant grammar and spelling mistakes I will not release the payment.

This paper is going to be based on a personalized narrative of your informant’s experiences. It should present actual, lived experiences, beliefs and values from your informant’s own life. I will provide you with a recording of my interview with the informant.

Oral History – Senior Citizen
For this topic you will conduct an interview, take notes, and write up your findings in a
full five to seven page paper. Please also attach your interview notes to your final paper. You will be expected to utilize and apply anthropological concepts, which you have learned in this class, to your findings.
Your interview source should be a senior citizen, preferably a family relative or family friend, with whom you feel comfortable conducting an interview. The focus of your interview will be on what was life like for your interviewee when she or he was your “college age” (please note that they do not have to have actually attended college). What beliefs, activities, values, and hopes did your interviewee have at that time? In what ways does your informant feel that their values, beliefs and expectation have changed over time? Does he or she consider these changes to be a positive or a negative? Be sure to conduct your interview in an open-ended manner. Your goal here is to have your informant tell you as much about his or her young adult life experiences as possible, so don’t ask simple “yes” or “no” questions. Finally, compare his or her answers to your own life. In what ways are his or her responses similar to or different from your own life? Please attach your interview notes to your final paper.

Additional issues to keep in mind – This assignment should include a discussion opf key themes from our class. In other words, whether you choose to interview an immigrant or interview a senior citizen, you need to discuss a minimum of three issues from our class. These issues could include topics such as immigration experiences – sexuality, dating and marriage experiences – family and kinship experiences – economic (subsistence) experiences – the roles of race and ethnicity in the life of your informant (including the impact of racism and/or racial tension) – the social expectations of men and women (gender roles) as experienced by your informant- problems related to living in an increasingly industrialized society – social pressures related to the body – education experience- religious beliefs and experiences- or any other topic that we cover in class this quarter. Please be sure to discuss your informants own personal experiences as related to these key topics. Please focus on discussing how these issues personally effected your informant’s life.

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