Your final paper for this course will destabilize something that, before this course opened your eyes to cultural construction and naturalization, you saw as normal. The title of your paper should be like this: ________ is _______ Fill in the first blank with the object that you chose from your brainstorm, or a new object. You are not required to stick to the one you put on your brainstorm. Fill in the second blank with something else this object could be in its cultural context if viewed from outside that context.
Examples of titles: The US Map is The Apocalypse. The Nike Air Jordan Sneaker is Holy Writ. Turquois Gel Nail Polish is Wage Theft. My Mother’s Set of Jade-Inlayed Chop-sticks is Mitochondrial DNA. Tajin is Fatherhood.
Turn in a 2,000 word paper demystifying your title. How does your title make sense? How in the world could nail polish be wage theft? How is ______, _______? Your title is your argument. Your paper should provide the evidence to convince me of your argument. Mixed in with this evidence you should include at least 4 direct references to course materials, readings, lectures, etc. References to course materials do not have to be cited in any specific way. For example, you could write, “as Jason talked about on the week 2 lecture video…” or “in the Lissa ethnography…”. However if you include ideas in your writing that are either not from the course material, not common knowledge, not the ideas of people you personally talked to, or not your own ideas, you must cite the source of those ideas correctly using the American Anthropological Association’s guide to the Chicago citation style found