Community is a theme that runs through this course. In this assignment, you wil

Community is a theme that runs through this course. In this assignment, you will be exploring the views of a community by interviewing people directly. In Cultural Anthropology, extended conversation and observation of people in their communities is a cornerstone of learning about other cultures. Normally, we aim to interview people we do not know.
Ideally, this field project will allows you to consider how people think about the environment by comparing different age and gender groups. These are major social variables that are generally used in social science research. You will be exploring how different individuals value the environment, and how they consider community in relation to environmental concerns.
Option 2: If you are unable to interview in person, interview people who are already in your social network with through your work, your friends/neighbors/acquaintances or virtual communities such as your social media network or even students in your classes. When you select people, try to get the broadest age and gender range you can from your networks.
Interview format: After introducing yourself as a PCC student on a research project, ask if you can ask them a single question about the environment. Do not ask for their names as this ensures confidentiality. After getting their agreement, and specifying their age range (not actual age), ask each interviewee this question literally:
Can a person today have a positive effect on the environment?
The aim is just ask this simple question: no more, no less. You may have to repeat it, but do not seek to explain or expand on it.
This type of question is open ended enough to receive a range of different answers which stem from individual’s worldviews. In asking one question of everyone, we have some consistency in our methodology so that the information is comparable. We can see how they handle the question: how they “unwrap” it, if at all.
Some people may not want to address the question, and that non-response is of value too. However, if they give you no response, please choose another person to interview. We have found that in some contexts, you may have to ask several people to get someone who will want to be interviewed.
Record their replies and comments, and note what themes or focuses they do come up with; e.g. if awareness of community, environment, culture, values or the ecosystem are somehow articulated. You can ask follow up question and ask them to explain what they mean but do not suggest answers. Take notes, make eye contact and show interest. Most people enjoy being listened to carefully. When you are done with your interview, thank them for their time
In your essay, first explain where you went and why you chose that location. Consider the the way that social, ethnic, economic and class distinctions may be reflected in the interview community (virtual or real). Then briefly summarize your interview responses by gender and age bracket.
Then, reflect on any major patterns that appear in the replies. Are there issues that cross cut age and gender? Do females emphasize one thing and males another? The challenge for your mini-report is to boil their responses down to the fewest major themes for the set of eight. Finally, reflect on which of the responses resonates most with your own perspectives.
Format: 3-5 pages double spaced in a standard font, 1 in margins.

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