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Final Research Paper
In the Final Research Paper, you will examine your own culture from an etic (outsider’s) perspective
and another culture from an emic (insider’s) perspective to demonstrate your understanding of
cultural relativism and examine misconceptions and ethnocentric beliefs concerning each of these
cultures. In doing so, you will demonstrate a culturally relativistic perspective, in order to understand
why different groups of people do what they do, without expressing a positive or negative opinion of
their cultural practices. Keep the distinction between cultural relativism and moral relativism in mind
as you write your final paper. Even if you do not personally agree with a cultural practice,
demonstrate your understanding of the practice in its cultural context. Avoid opinionated or
judgmental language in your paper.
Your Final Research Paper will consist of two main parts, framed by an Introduction and a
Conclusion. See the flow chart for a quick overview of the assignment.
Begin with an introductory paragraph that has a thesis statement at the end. The introduction should
set up your topic, giving a preview and summary of the analysis you will present in the body of the
paper. The thesis statement is the last sentence or two of the introduction and states what the main
point structuring your paper will be.
Here is an example of an Introduction.
Using the Miner (1956) article and the feedback you received from your instructor on your
“Summarize Your Sources for the Final Research Paper” assignment in Week Three as a guide,
describe one aspect of your own culture from an etic perspective. See the appropriate sections in
the textbook, based on your chosen topic from Week Three, for information on how to approach your
paper from an anthropological perspective. You can describe American culture in general, as Miner
does, or you can describe an American subculture, such as a specific geographical group (e.g., New
Yorkers), a particular ethnicity (e.g., African Americans), or an agerelated category of Americans
Use reputable statistics and/or scholarly research to support any factual statements. Do not rely
solely on personal experience or opinion. Here is an example of how to properly support your
Potential sources you can use to support your analysis are listed below. You can also conduct your
own research to find other sources.
● United States Census Bureau (http://www.census.gov/)
● Gallup (http://www.gallup.com/home.aspx)
● Pew Research Center (http://www.pewresearch.org/)
Important: see additional instructions in Part I under Final Paper Requirements.
Here is an example of Part I.
Refer to the article you chose for Part II of the “Summarize Your Sources for the Final Research
Paper” assignment in Week Three and describe an aspect of another culture from an emic (insider’s)
perspective. You do not have to do research beyond reading your chosen article; however, if you do
choose to conduct additional research make sure to use reputable statistics and/or scholarly sources
to support any factual statements. Do not rely solely upon personal experience or opinion.
Important: see additional instructions in Part II under Final Paper Requirements.
Here is an example of Part II.
End with a concluding paragraph that reinforces your thesis. Summarize and tie together your main
points for the reader. Provide a brief selfreflexive analysis of what you learned while writing this
Important: see additional instructions in Conclusion under Final Paper Requirements.
Here is an example of a Conclusion.
Writing the Final Research Paper
The Final Research Paper
● Must be five to six doublespaced pages in length (excluding title page and references page,
meaning it will be seven to eight pages total), and formatted according to APA style as
outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (see the APA Essay Checklist for Students).
● Must include a title page with the following:
○ Title of paper
○ Student’s name
○ Course name and number
○ Instructor’s name
○ Date submitted
● Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
● Must have wellstructured body paragraphs with clear transitions from one topic to the
next.Incorporate intext citations from your scholarly sources to support your analysis
throughout the paper.
● Must describe an aspect of your own culture from an etic perspective for Part I.
● Must describe an aspect of another culture from an emic perspective for Part II.
● Must demonstrate a perspective of cultural relativism throughout, avoiding judgmental and
● Must end with a conclusion that that reinforces the thesis and provides a selfreflexive
● Must use at least one scholarly resource in addition to the textbook, the Miner article, and the
article chosen from the list in Part II of the Week Three assignment.
● Must document all sources in APA style in the body of the paper and on the references page
as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
● Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined
in the Ashford Writing Center.
Grey, S. (2008). Historical roots, contemporary relevance: Explaining the persistence of
polygyny in Sub Saharan Africa. Undercurrent Journal, 5(3), 619. Retrieved from the
EBSCOhost database. • In this article, Grey discusses the practice of polygyny (one man
marrying multiple women) in SubSaharan Africa, as well as the misconception that monogamy
and nuclear families are the most “normal” or desirable family structures.!!!( this is the article i
must use for part two of the paper)!!!
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