(VERY IMPORTANT!!!) This assignment will be based on the Strange To Familiar Research Proposal Assig


(VERY IMPORTANT!!!) This assignment will be based on the Strange To Familiar Research Proposal Assignment you wrote for me last time. I have uploaded below. Cultures around the world have different ways to break up the bodily senses into different groups beyond the basic 5 that many U.S.-raised students learned in kindergarten: taste, smell, touch, vision, and hearing. Of course, many of you are not going to have much in the taste/smell category, but that is okay, you still probably covered 5 or more senses, even if they aren’t so easily distinguishable.For example, if you describe how sparsely a building is decorated, that would be a sort of “spatial” sense different from the “artistic” sense of describing what clothing people are wearing. If you did describe taste, there are many different senses involved in that, such as the “strength” of the taste, the “texture,”the “fullness,” the “saltiness/sweetness,” etc. Also the “temperature” of the room could be a different sense than the “tangibility” of cloth against one’s skin. And I haven’t even mentioned all the metaphysical senses such as the sense of “tension” in the room, or the “spiritual” sense of an otherworldly power. That’s 10 senses right there!I just want you to start thinking with more aspects of your body than simply your eyes and ears. If you only used your eyes and ears, you might as well just watch a film about an experience rather than having your body BE INSIDE the experience. So the more effort your field notes show towards getting data that you could not get from watching a film, the more points you will get on the sensorium rubric item even if you don’t have exactly 5 discernibly different senses, or all 5 “kindergarten” senses. As soon as possible after you experience the encounter you proposed in the previous assignment ( Field Notes Proposal Assignment you wrote for me last time) where in you something new, take some quality time to write thorough field notes about your experience. What did your brain understand? What did your body understand? What did you see, feel, touch, smell, hear, taste, and intuit? Write as many field notes as you can, but at least write 1,250 words. Do not worry about grammar or intelligibility. Just write! Turn in a 1,500 word paper. A full 1,250 of these words should simply be an excerpt of your field notes (or your entire field notes if you only wrote 1,250 words). In the last 250 words, 1) answer your research question, or—if you realized that question really was not important—write what the real question should have been, and try answering it. Also answer the following questions: 2) What did you learn from this experience about how ethnographic fieldwork can make what was once strange to you seem more understandable? And 3) How will this experience help you see something from your everyday, familiar life in a different way? If you don’t understand what Field Notes mean, I have uploaded an example for you. The I It is about someone named Allaine Cerwonka (not required reading) who took field notes in the form of emails to her prof essor. Her project involved riding along with police officers (cops) in Australia.I have also uploaded the rubric below to help you keep on the right track. My instructor will grade this paper based on the rubric criteri.


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Strange to Familiar Proposal
A person named John can help me get the best information in doing my research.
The man is a Christian and holds a strong belief about religion. He makes all services
required of him by the religion and makes prayers to the God of the religion three times
every day. He can be willing to teach about the best ways of making prayers according
to his religion. He was a committed elder in his church, and hence he is tasked with
spreading the knowledge about it to me or any other person. It is said that the news
about the religion and ways of praying were good news and would lead to salvation. I
choose to meet the person because I have a keen interest in knowing how Christianity
religion works. At some point, I feel that I should join it. However, the feeling fades
away before I am fully convinced. Therefore, I decided to use my interest in religion as
a way of winning the attention of the man.
Upon meeting him, I am prepared to ask him the following question: What
assurance do you have that the prayers made shall be answered? Following the fact that
my research will be primarily based on religion, there are some primary responses that
I expect from him. For instance, he is likely to list the things that can hinder one from
accessing the answers from God. Among such things are participating in sinful actions,
lack of faith in God, lack of sincerity from the heart, and failure to work hard after
making prayers (How to Pray to God, n.d.). I believe he will make my study great.
Process and Temporality in Ethnographic Fieldwork
is associate professor in and chair of the Department of Gender Studies
at Central European University, Budapest. She has written articles for various professional
journals and is the author of a previous book, Native to the Nation: Disciplining Landscapes and
Bodies in Australia.
is associate professor of cultural authropology at Stanford University. The
author of numerous published articles, she is also author of Purity and Exile: Violence, Memory, and National Cosmology among Hutu Refagees in Tanzania, published by the University of
Chicago Press.
The University of Chicago Press, Chicago 6063 7
The University of Chicago Press, Ltd., London
© 2007 by The University of Chicago
All rights reserved. Published 2007
Printed in the United States of America
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-10030-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-10031-9
ISBN-10: 0-226-10030-8
ISBN-10: 0-226-10031-6
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Cerwonka, Allaine.
Improvising theory : process and temporality in ethnographic fieldwork / Allaine
Cerwonka and Liisa H. Malkki.
p. cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-10030-2 (hardcover : alk. paper)
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-10031-9 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN-10: 0-226-10030-8 (hardcover: alk. paper)
ISBN-10: 0-226-10031-6 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1. Ethnolo.gy-Australia-Melbourne (Vic.)-Field work. 2. Cerwonka, AllaineCorrespondence. 3. Malkki, Liisa H.-Correspondence. 4. EthnologistsA ustralia-Melbourne (Vic.)-Correspondence. 5. Ethnologists-Califomia-IrvineCorrespondence. 6. Electronic mail messages-Australia-Melbourne (Vic.)
7. Electronic mail messages-California-Irvine. I. Malkki, Liisa H. (Liisa Helena)
II. Title.
GN346 .C45
305 .800945′ 1-dc22
g The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements ofthe American
National Standard for Information Sciences-Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ANSI z39.48-1992.
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I ( _ 111 r· commenting th at pc opl,, r nlly id 1tllfy w1ll1 111 i1 • iii 111 1 t v 1111 r_ t Y ar ~ as a re r a 11 ed ub b( ) .1 r .. . , I 11t t ht ' ur .) , ano 1'-<1 ,tr fl<·<, ,, ·J< 1r1,·tliitq', .tl ,Ptll wl1, tit Y111 c' 1 1 - .J ldwork orr sponden 93 don't t nd t know th ir n hb r . H rt in r nly m v to rt in th buyth .,r fir th m ). pp r will b unny p ri n t b ridin h " rrid r theory" that people from (lik wh n th y gr w up and I ave home or d. fi r thi typ f inf; rmation, for ure. r und 1n th ba k of a police ar, waiting ther while looks, like l am a riminal waiting trJ PP r w rk ut br wl utside the car. I get funny . b br u ht t th station. No one so far has sa,d to the cops, "Who is this?"-like when w nt t g ta statement from a guy in the emergency room after a brawl. 1 m so aware during this research of howl manage my presentation of self, and ethics, and respecting the people I am working with. L__ _ __ ._ __ ,. ..__, ell, I am back in the ca rs! I went out last night and saw the less sexy side of police work. Lots of report-taking on burglaries in people's homes. It was fun to see what people have in their houses, but my patience started running out when "Fang," the pathetic watchdog for the yuppies from hell, kept j umping up on my pants and getting me dirty. I know, I am not sounding very [nice]. The down times of patrolling are actually quite good for me, as we just drive and walk around the district, and they make comments about it all as we go. It was most interesting to go up in the high-rise housing commission flats (nicknamed by the police "the caves"). Lots of comments about the smell of the food Vietnamese people like to eat. Neither would touch anything directly in the buildings, either (like elevator buttons). Also interesting to see the million-dollar view these people have because [the flats] were built in the late sixties w hen no one wanted to live on the edge of the CBD, the central business district (and the resentment [today] that this property should be used for low-income housing). Now people would kill for this property. I also went to the community center at the housing commission flats last Friday and talked to the people in their security committee (I think I told you about that in my last e-mai l a little). Interesting to walk through the halls after listening to their descriptions of drug dealers and junkies in the laundries, but also of their sense of pride and ownership in where they live. 1 had a profound experience earlier on in the week when I went in to observe at the station. A drunken woman was arrested for shoplifting two packages of cheese and some butter from the supermarket. There was only one woman cop on, and so the sergeant said that she would have to do the search before the other two male cops could question her. Someone jokingly suggested I watch the search because the woman (to be searched) was quite overweight. I asked the sergeant seriously ifhe would mind. He agreed and instructed Rene to do a strip search. I knew from my other days at the station that permission from the senior sergeant is needed for a strip search, and proof of cause is needed before he'll grant it. (This all came about a year ago when a gay night club was raided and more than two hundred gay men [were] strip-searched by the police in a single evening. What's that all about?) I suspect that the sergeant wanted to make the search worth my while to observe and perhaps wanted to see if I would squirm. I don't think there was malice on his part toward me in it, because he is very friendly and hel pful toward me in general. So in Renee and I went, her with rubber gloves in case she needed to touch the woman. J think this incident was a mistake in judgment on my part. I was impressed that during the search the woman said, despite her drunkenness, "This is really degrading, you know," and went on to try to make jokes [directed toward] the woman cop about having bigger boobs than Renee, etc. (The woman cop was very cold in response; maybe because it was true.) I feel quite bad about having participated in that scene. I do not think it was ne essary for me in lea rning about national identity. What I learned about police-"crook" po err lations was certain ly no surprise, and I don't think justified in the face of how my pr en e added to this woma n's degradation. [I've been thinki~, about what made me intere ted in observing the sce ne, even once I knew it would be a strip search. I think I got 12.b~trii~'T!!'l~~~iiAt..Qf..being allowed more and more access to station life. 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