Cultural Anthropology research paper suggestions
Cultural anthropology -- the study of human societies and cultures and their
origins, history, variation, and development . . . the comparative study of human culture in all
aspects including social structure, language, law, politics, religion, magic, art, and
Some suggested topics for your paper:
Note-- these instructions are for students taking the course during a regular semester, not
the 5-week Bridge module course
See the course syllabus for detailed instructions on the research for and writing of this paper.
- A description of key points of a culture in which you are interested (a brief
- An in-depth look at the concept of "worldview" or the comparison of the worldviews of two
- Religious beliefs or practices of a particular society
- Marriage/family in a particular group or comparison between societies
- Types of economic organization/systems
- Language acquisition
- The influence of language on culture
- Views about ancestors
- The role of women in a given society
- Doing fieldwork as an anthropologist
- The importance of cultural anthropology to the missionary . . . or to the business executive . .
.or to the educator . . . or to the . . .
- Ethnocentrism and some tips on how to minimize it
- The idea of cultural baggage and how to minimize it
- Culture shock: What it is and how to best work through it
These topics are given to you as idea starters. You may use one of these or some adaptation
of it or you may come up with a different topic that interests you more. Leafing through any
introduction to cultural anthropology book may also stimulate your thinking in terms of a
Ready for some cross-cultural humor?
|Missionaries and other people working
and living cross-culturally commit lots of little cultural errors that provide laughter for their hosts
(and for themselves as well). [ more ]
-- Howard Culbertson,
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