research paper about clothing style

Final Ethnographic Paper

This is how your final research paper should look. Please number your sections. In this manner your paper will mirror the format of a publishable ethnographic article.

Standard paper format applies. Your name, the class, and a title all go at the beginning. The text is double-spaced and in 10 or 12 pt font. Do not get tricky with the margins, it will make you look lazy. No fancy fonts.

I. Abstract/Thesis. Please begin your paper with no more than three sentences identifying: a) The people about whom you are writing. b) The social phenomena that you are studying. c) Your findings. For example . . .

I. Abstract. This paper describes (b) the exchange practices that exist between (a) people and monkeys who live and work at Jakhoo Mandi in Shimla, Himachal, India. This paper finds that (c) even though monkeys don’t speak and don’t build they still participate in the social construction of the temple community at Jakhoo Mandir.

I. Abstract. (a) Paleontologists at the Morrison Natural History Museum invite paying tourists to accompany them on their field research as a way to make money while increasing public understanding of climate change and extinctions. This paper examines (b) how the MNHM paleontologists transform a rugged field site into an educational experience with political implications. Here I find that (c) while the field site offers hands-on experience to tourists, the brevity of the field experience works against their educational goals.

II. Introduction/Background. The next few paragraphs of your paper will describe everything your reader needs to know about the society or culture you have studied. In most cases, this will mean that you briefly introduce the places and people whom you have studied. You will also introduce the reader to any activities that are of interest to you. Don’t assume that your reader knows anything about your subject. Boba tea, tennis, and manga may all be famliar to you, but you should assume that your reader needs a briefing. For example . . .

II. Background. Rhesus macaques are a widespread species of monkey who are often considered sacred in India where there are many religious sites populated by monkeys and known collectively as “monkey temples.” Jakhoo Mandir, a Hindu mandir (temple) dedicated to the “monkey god” Hanuman is a famous example of a monkey temple. There, monkeys are protected by law and convention, and the monkeys take advantage of this protection to mug tourists and pilgrims who visit Jakhoo . . .

XX. Literature Review. Honors only. Here, insert your discussion of other scholarship on your topic. The goal is to situate your research in the context of discussions that scholars are having about topics like yours. Use resources from other classes or any other relevant articles and books you have found. This is meant to be a substantial section, equivalent to another paper.

III. Subject Position. Here, students in the normal academic year will insert a revised version of their subject position paper. Students in abbreviated online sessions will here make a statement of their “subject position,” or who they are in relation to the people they are studying. Students will identify and address their potential biases in this section. What differences and similarities between you and the

people you are studying might impact your ability to interpret the society you are studying?

IV. Method and Evidence. In this section, tell your reader (a) how you conducted your research and (b) what your findings were. The section describing your method should be brief and to the point. The section describing your findings will be lengthy. This is where you will communicate any data, survey findings, narratives, or observations you have collected — in other words, please insert your revised ethnographic scene here; also add any other ethnographic scenes that you find relevant to your research. You can be very straightforward and plain your presentation, or you can take the opportunity to creatively tell the stories of your encounters with your informants. If you collected stories from them, tell their stories here. If you observed events then describe them here in rich detail. Photographs are welcome, but unless we have discussed them ahead of time they do not count to your page requirement.

IV. Method and Evidence. I conducted eighteen months of fieldwork at Jakhoo Mandir in Shimla, where I got to know the people who work there. I also spent a great deal of time hanging out with monkeys. The following is an account of my observations of temple personnel, tourists, and pilgrims as they interacted with the monkeys, as well as interviews with pandits, municipal officials, and local monkey experts . . .

V. Analysis and Conclusions. After you have communicated your “data” (whatever form it takes), you should take some time to reflect upon it in a deep way. Are there patterns? What are they? Can you make sense of them? Can you connect social life at your ethnographic “site” to a larger social phenomenon like class, gender, race, or a person’s belief in a nation, religion, or state? Can you connect it to our historical moment? (That is, can you explain to me why your society is happening here and now, and why not ever before?) What functions are fulfilled by the social activity you have observed? Are you observing a society in change? How is that change happening? Is your society reacting against something? What is important here is that you either ask and answer a question of some kind, or that you make (culturally specific) sense of something that appears weird to outsider.

VI. Appendices. If you and I have discussed an expansion of your paper for ethnographic review credit, then you may need to create an appendix, which you would put near the end of your paper.

VII. Bibliography. If you use textual, electronic, or film resources, then you must include a bibliography detailing all those sources. If you reference an article, book, or website, then you must include a bibliography.

Here is my topic,

Clothing style

We have our fashion sense for what we wear. I believe Some people like high street styles like Vetements, while others like luxury brands like Chanel. For a variety of reasons, people’s understanding of fashion conflicts. A group of people thinks luxury clothes are too expensive to buy. A group of people believes that the design of high street brands is not delicate enough. I will go to a clothing store, find these two kinds of groups people, and I would ask them different opinions about their favorite clothing styles, the reason why they choose this kind of clothing style, and several other mainstream styles.

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