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1 Running Head: SUMMARIZING FINAL RESEARCH ACADEMIC SOURCES

Summarizing Research Academic Sources Rhonda Hayes

ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Instructor Tsesmeli

May 14, 2016

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1. Head: SUMMARIZING

That cover page was not

necessary-this assignment

needed only the worksheet

filled in. [Evangelia

Tsesmeli]

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1) Aspect of my culture for research • Rites of passage

2) Select a source to use for Part I of the paper. Crapo, R. H. (2013). Cultural anthropology[Electronic version]. Retrieved from

https://content.ashford.edu/

Miner, H.. (1956). Body Ritual among the Nacirema. American Anthropologist, 58(3), 503–507.

Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.proxy-library.ashford.edu/stable/665280

Van Gennep, A. (2011). The rites of passage. University of Chicago Press.

3) Selected Part II source

Tsuji, Y. (2011). Rites of passage to death and afterlife in Japan. Generations, 35(3), 28-33. Retrieved from the EBSCOhost database

4) Summary for Part I sources Crapo, R. H. (2013). Cultural anthropology[Electronic version]. Retrieved from

https://content.ashford.edu/

Crapo begins his book by introducing his readers to the roots of the cultural anthropology

dated back in the 18th century through the 19th century. Precisely, Crapo has examined different

rites of passage from different cultures in a very special way in his textbook. He notes that there

are many social statuses that human beings acquire in course of life cycles and that do follow

each other in a definite sequence right from birth to death. Notably, Crapo observes that these

lifecycle rituals are recognized in cultures across the world.

I find Crapo’s work to be imperative in my final research on passage of rites as he has

keenly examined different cultural rites of passage across different cultures in world thereof

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1. Van Gennep, A. (2011).

The rites of passage.

This is a great book to take

information for Part I. Be

careful to choose one rite of

passage, not many so that

you are focused enough to

write well about this aspect.

[Evangelia Tsesmeli]

2. Summary for Part I

sources

Summary of your source for

Part I (include one to two

paragraphs). Enter the

summary in the space below.

Please, note how the

instructions phrase your

assignment: It is ONE source

you need to summarize, the

one you found and chose.

[Evangelia Tsesmeli]

3. Crapo, R. H. (2013).

Cultural

anthropology[Electronic

version]. Retrieved from

https://content.ashford.edu/

This does not need a

summary. [Evangelia

Tsesmeli]

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giving me a wider view of different cultural observations in world. Some of cultural ceremonies

to mark rites of passage as discussed by the author include christenings, puberty rituals,

marriages and funerals. Notably, the author discusses in details both the symbolic and

psychological benefits of each ritual in different societies in order to justify the observation of

such rituals. I plan to use our text book in order to give me a wider view of rituals associated

with passage of rites across different cultures, therefore, giving me an opportunity to view

different cultures in an emic perspective that will in long last enable me to compare them with

my own cultural observations of such rituals but in a etic perspective.

Davis-Floyd, R. E. (2004). Birth as an American rite of passage: With a new preface. Univ of

California Press.

The author of this book has examined different birth rituals observed by different

communities in America. The author has keenly discussed birth as a rite of passage in America. I

find this scholarly book to be an interesting source to pursue my final research topic as it

outlined birth rituals observed by most Americans in honor of birth as a rite of passage. The book

will also enable me to have a greater understanding of American cultural observation in an emic

perspective and therefore enable me examine rites of passage across different societies in this

perspective.

Miner, H.. (1956). Body Ritual among the Nacirema. American Anthropologist, 58(3), 503–

507. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.proxy-library.ashford.edu/stable/665280

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1. Davis-Floyd, R. E. (2004).

I am not sure what is going on

here. You do not have this

article (book?) in your

sources. [Evangelia

Tsesmeli]

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Miner has examined different body rituals that are observed by the Nicerema community

in order to make their bodies more appealing. Some of the rituals mentioned in the article include

those which are made to make fat people thin and vice vasa as well as those which are made to

make women breast larger if small and small when large.

Miner’s article explores major body rituals that are marked as an observation for different

passage of rites. In my opinion, I find this article to be paramount in doing my final research as it

has explored Nacirema’s body rituals in details giving me an opportunity to be in a good position

to view these cultural observations in a emic perspective. I will use this source extensively in my

research work to guide in me in examining different aspects of my research topic.

Van Gennep, A. (2011). The rites of passage. University of Chicago Press.

In his book Gennep has examined different rituals observed during rite of passage

ceremonies across different cultures. The author further provides a distinctive classification of

rites among different social groups. I plan to use this book to enhance my understanding of rites

of passage as cultural observation across different culture. The book though general will also

enable me to support my arguments over the course of my research paper.

Summary Part 11 source Tsuji, Y. (2011). Rites of passage to death and afterlife in Japan. Generations, 35(3), 28-33.

Retrieved from the EBSCOhost database

The author of this article examines different rituals that are observed by Japanese in order

to mark the rites of passage to death and the afterlife. The author places much emphasis on the

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1. emic

Miner is a prime example of

an ETIC perspective.

Please, review Week 1

Instructor Guidance to

understand what Miner is

writing about. [Evangelia

Tsesmeli]

2. Van Gennep, A. (2011).

The

This is a good source, but it is

too broad. Remember, you

will examine a rite of passage

in your own culture,

describing as if you were an

outsider (etic perspective).

Review the instructions, and

choose a certain rite of

passage to address, not just a

general notion of a rite of

passage, as your worksheet

indicates now. [Evangelia

Tsesmeli]

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traditional mortuaries that are seen as imperative links between the world of living and the world

of the dead. The author observes that the traditional mortuary rituals are made to ensure

continuity of life as Japanese believe that an individual returns to where he or she came from

after death. As such, Tsuji notes that world of dead is considered to be important by Japanese and

therefore, these rituals are important to in order to bridge death and afterlife of the deceased

person.

In my opinion, I find this article to be imperative for my research work as the author

describes rites of passage to death and afterlife in Japan and compares it to the American Society

where the death of Old people is not marked with a lot of rituals. As such, this article will give

me an opportunity to look at Japanese cultural observation in this regard in an emic perspective

whiles those of Americans in an etic perspective.

5) Thesis Statement The main objective of my research paper will be to explore rite of passage as an aspect of

my culture in an etic perspective so as to gain an understanding from this perspective. Similarly,

I will explore observation of rites of passage from other cultures in an emic perspective in order

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1. The main objective

Good thesis statement.

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to gain get familiar with zeal surrounding these rituals and practices. Precisely, I will examine

death rituals as an important rite of passage among Japanese and contrast it with those of

Americans.

References Crapo, R. H. (2013). Cultural anthropology [Electronic version]. Retrieved from

https://content.ashford.edu/

Davis-Floyd, R. E. (2004). Birth as an American rite of passage: With a new preface. Univ of

California Press.

Miner, H.. (1956). Body Ritual among the Nacirema. American Anthropologist, 58(3), 503–507.

Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.proxy-library.ashford.edu/stable/665280

Tsuji, Y. (2011). Rites of passage to death and afterlife in Japan. Generations, 35(3), 28-33. Retrieved from the EBSCOhost database

Van Gennep, A. (2011). The rites of passage. University of Chicago Press.

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