Ethnographic Research Assignment: Cafeteria (Essay Sample)
Please just revise what was done before:
You should notate a total of about 15 observations of norms and/or agency that you make during the 20 minute observation period to ensure that you will be able to select the 6 best examples for the written portion of the assignment use bullet points. Your notes should correspond with the questions listed below that you will answer after completing the ethnographic observation:
Ethnographic Research Assignment.
This assignment will consist of you completing ethnographic research in a public place where people commonly interact with one another (e.g. a park, store, cafeteria, major intersection, or other public location). I prefer that you do not choose the student union. For this assignment, you are required to spend 20 minutes observing norms that govern social interactions. This includes interactions between people, but also the interactions people have with nonhumans (such as animals, objects, and technology). During the observations, you will need to take notes that you will hand in along with the assignment. You should notate a total of about 15 observations of norms and/or agency that you make during the 20 minute observation period to ensure that you will be able to select the 6 best examples for the written portion of the assignment. Your notes should correspond with the questions listed below that you will answer after completing the ethnographic observation:
1. Describe the public space where you conducted your observations, and explain why you chose this location as a site for observing normative interactions? (100-150 words)
2. Describe at least three norms or codes of conduct that people followed in this public space. Which norms varied based on individual characteristics, such as gender, race, or class? Theorize why you think people followed these unspoken rules. (150-200 words)
3. Describe at least three ways that people enacted agency during these interactions. This includes, but is not limited to, the breaking of the norms or codes of conduct mentioned earlier. Theorize why you think people enacted agency in those specific moments. (150-200 words)
4. Overall, what did you learn from this assignment, and how would you do ethnographic observation differently next time? (50-100 words)
After completing the assignment, you are required to upload one document to UBLearns using the “Assignments” tab on the left menu bar of our class page. To upload, select the appropriate cluster that you belong to based on your last name, and attach the assignment document before submitting. The document you upload must include both: (1) the answers to the four assignment questions above; and (2) a written transcript of your field notes. The field notes should be written in a bulleted format, with each observation mentioned in a separate bullet. Your transcribed field notes should be comprehensible and understandable enough for me to grade. The assignment document must be uploaded to UBLearns in .doc or .docx format. Any other format that cannot be opened will not be accepted, and you will receive a zero for the assignment.
• 25%: comprehensible and understandable field notes that highlight approximately 15 observations.
• 25%: a reflection that answers the four questions listed above while also meeting the minimum word requirement.
• 25%: writing clearly with little to no spelling or grammatical errors.
• 25%: demonstrating a strong understanding of sociological concepts (such as social norms, agency, gender, race, and class).
At the cafeteria there are quite a number of aspects that are notable;
1 Students from higher social classes sit together
2 Students from the lower social class sit in groups
3 Ladies walk and sit in groups
4 Those from the same faculty and class sit together
5 There are groups of men seated in groups
6 The higher social class students eat the most expensive foods
7 The lower social class students tend to take the cheaper foods
8 The students that are from the minority races sit together in smaller groups
9 The majority race sit in large groups
10 The dominant races such as the whites sit in large groups
The large groups formed of the majority races are the loudest in the cafeteria
The small minority groups are quite and composed
The minority groups also observe the cafeteria rules more such as keeping quiet and remaining seated
The majority races are loud and they are also unruly, speaking across the hall and moving around
Most of the popular students have scores of students seated next to them
The less popular students like the minority students are seated alone of in small groups
The cafeteria is the place of choice, where most of the students at the university will meet three to four times of the day. The choice of the cafeteria is relative to the fact that, it is the only other place that students at the university are going to meet outside of their normal routines which involve classes, clubs or games. This is place where most of the students will show their true colours as they largely not bound by restrictions such as are found in the lecture theaters or the labs. It is the best place where one can be in a position to observe the habits and behaviors of the various students, regardless of their race, class, gender or even age. It is convergence point, which allowed for the study of the various ethnographic characteristics of the university fraternity as the students interact.
One of the norms that came out in a manner to sugg
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