Sociocultural Change

RESEARCH PROJECT   I. DIRECTIONS Choose a topic that explores an issue of socio-cultural change in the Pacific from an anthropological perspective, generate a research question, and conduct library-based research as well as conduct an interview with one relevant community member. This research paper should be 7-8 pages long, double-spaced, and incorporate at least 7 academic references (peer-reviewed journal articles), incorporate at least 1 audiovisual material (e.g., an anthropological film), and draw from at least 1 interview.     III. OVERVIEW Suggestions for topics (note: some of these are covered in our syllabus, but not all!)   ·       Cultural revival and resistance ·       Militarism & Nuclear testing ·       Colonization / Decolonization / Sovereignty ·       Indigeneity ·       Representations of culture / Cultural identity ·       Climate change / Environment ·       Gender ·       Tourism ·       Diaspora / Migration / ·       Refugees and Human Rights Abuses ·       Inter-ethnic conflict / Coups d’état ·       Urbanization ·       Alcoholism, Drug-use, Suicide and other Social Issues ·       Resource Extraction ·       Warrior Culture ·       The practice of anthropology / Shifting forms of ethnography ·       Other…   You need to choose a topic and then narrow down the focus. This involves 1) developing a research question and ultimately responding to that question by developing a thesis statement (“I argue that…..”).   Your research topic should also be specific to a particular Pacific Island community, e.g., Tonga or Samoa or Marshall Islands, etc… While you can include Hawaiʻi in a comparative manner, I would request that your research take you beyond the shores of Hawaiʻi to another, less-well known island community.   For example, if you were interested in “gender” you might discover the fa’afafine of Samoa, a third gender category in which young boys are raised as girls. Research questions could include “What is the traditional basis for the fa’afafine in Apia-centered tourism today?” or “To what extent are fa’afafine an integral part of Samoan culture today?” or How do Samoan fa’afafine adjust to life in Hawaii? Note that these questions have to do with “change in the Pacific” but you would need to do some basic research on the topic before you would be able to pose these questions.   You are to have in-depth discussions (talk stories or more formal interviews) with a Pacific Islander mentor/informant/consultant. He/she can be a family member, friend, or fellow student, so long as they are able to share expertise on the topic. Strive for 30 minutes of “talk story.” We have many Pacific Islander students at UHH, and I can assist in connecting you with a relevant Pacific Islander student or Pacific Islander community member.   Your final essay should incorporate these discussions plus relevant academic literature, as well as any relevant class readings and videos. All of these sources of knowledge need to be cited in the text and referenced in a bibliography.     The final research paper, which is due December 10, and the (asynchronous presentation should include the following:                  i.         Discuss your general topic and research question               ii.         Outline your research methodology (e.g., interviewing, library research)             iii.         Describe your topic using relevant literature and “talk story” sessions             iv.         Outline the major themes that emerged               v.         Discuss relevant findings   For the formal presentation, you will create a VoiceThread are are encouraged (but not required) to use graphics, images, handouts, visuals, Powerpoint, videos, or interview recordings to enhance your presentation, but the use of videos or interview quotes should be minimized to not take up too much time. 10-minute presentations. You will be assessed on your ability to communicate your ideas. IV. RESOURCES FOR GETTING IDEAS ABOUT TOPICS   Mookini Library   Visit the “Oceania Libguide” through our Mookini Library: http://guides.library.uhh.hawaii.edu/Oceania   Current Events   To get some ideas for your research topics, you can look at current events in the Pacific. Below are some websites containing links to various current events articles or local newspapers. These do not count as the required academic references, but you can include them as additional sources within your bibliography.   Pacific newspapers by country: http://www.abyznewslinks.com/pacif.htm Also, the East-West Center provides a series of links: http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport/ Films There are many ethnographic films available through our Mookini Library, the “Ethnographic Video Online” database. You can use these to explore ideas. These do not count as the required academic references, but you can include them as additional sources within your bibliography.   Course Readings   Feel free to draw from the course readings and films for ideas! Here are some example exploratory questions that could come out of our first series of course topics. The easy way to think about generating an initial question is keeping the same topic but shifting the island focus! For example:   ·       Voyaging and Settlement o   Drawing from Genz’s (2018) discussion of simultaneous histories of the origins of the Marshallese, what are the connections between the canoe migrations to Rapa Nui and their mythology that points to their island as being the center of the world?   Another way is to take an academic argument and look for current relevance.   ·       Navigation and Cultural Revival o   To what extent is the “paradox of preservation” (Genz 2011) still present in the Marshall Islands in the contemporary efforts to rejuvenate mat weaving? Academic References Your goal is to locate 7 peer-reviewed journal articles (ideally) published in the last 5 years, written by an anthropologist or published in an anthropological journal or a Pacific-focused journal dealing with anthropology generally. Books are out of date as soon as they are published, and usually authors have a smaller version of their book published as an article. Pacific-based academic journals: *The Contemporary Pacific Journal of Pacific History Journal of the Polynesian Society Oceania; Pacific Island Monthly Pacific Perspective Pacific Studies Asia Pacific Viewpoint Anthropology journals:   Go to AnthroSource in our library to find such journals as American Anthropologist and many more     V. INFORMATION ABOUT INTERVIEWS   Why listen to people’s stories? Their thoughts can offer new insights into a particular issue, and you can frame your research question to try to understand contemporary understandings of a particular issue. Then all you need is someone’s perspective in their own voice, and this becomes the “new” ideas you develop into your thesis (argument). Consultants. These are the people you are talking to. They can be friends, family, students, or professionals, as long they claim some level of expertise to the topic you are researching. You can take advantage of students on campus and their community/family connections. The various student clubs include islanders from Chuuk (Chuukese Student Association), Yap (Waab Student Association), Pohnpei (Pohpei Kaselehlie Club), Marshall Islands (Marshallese Iakwe Club), Kosrae (Kosrae Hilo Organiation), and Samoa (Tupulaga O Samoa mo a Taeao).   In terms of faculty/staff, Dr. Tarisi Vunidilo (Anthropology) is Fijian and Andrew Polloi (Counseling) is Palauan.   Ethics. The interests of the consultants come first and foremost. Informed consent is telling them explicitly what the interview process entails. You must tell them up front that this if for student-based research and the content of the interview will only be shared within the classroom. You must let them know that they can view your summary/transcript and edit it as they see fit, withdraw from the research at any time, or ask to remain confidential.   By asking someone to share their knowledge, you are actually entering into a relationship with them. At a minimum, you should offer to share a copy of your summary of the interview and your research paper with them.   Interview Questions. You are shooting for about a 30 min interview, but remember that these can be casual “talk-story” interviews. Introductory questions should be open-ended and not guided. For example, you wouldn’t start out by asking a Marshallese elder, “Do you feel anger toward the U.S government?” That is a directed question with basically only a yes or no answer, and that makes for a very short reply! Make it more open, so they can expand as they see fit: “Can you share some of your opinions on how the U.S. government conducted nuclear testing?” You should have about 5 very open-ended questions prepared ahead of time. If they are broad enough and your consultant feels comfortable, your new challenge will actually be to getting them to stop talking!! One of these questions should be something about their background and experience – most people are happy to talk about where they came from and their connections to a particular topic. As they share their stories, then you can focus in on more guided questions that help you with your particular research question. I encourage you to run your questions by me first – some issues can be very sensitive and miswording can make people uncomfortable.     Writing. To incorporate this information into the 7-8 page paper, the written content of the interview, whether summarized or quotes, should be about 1/7 of the entire research paper (5 academic references + 1 film + 1 interview = 7 sources of information). You should envision, say, ½ to 1 page of summary for the interview that could be interwoven into your paper. (If you only use 1 sentence as the content of your interview, I will question whether you really interviewed someone for an hour!).   VI. PAPER OUTLINE, WRITING & PRESENTATIONS   Organization See the Grading Rubric. The information in “Section A. Content” roughly corresponds to the organization of a research paper:   ·       Introduction / Island Setting ·       Background literature on the problem ·       Research question ·       Research methodology (this can be brief; more critical if doing interviews) ·       Results: Present the major themes and articulate your main points ( = thesis statement) in 1 sentence (for example: “Based on my interview with Mr. Green, I argue that…..”) ·       Discussion. What is the relevance? How do findings relate to the background literature? Do you have additional questions you would explore in the future? How is this topic connected to our course?     Interviews If you choose to conduct and include interviews, you won’t present the major themes, just like you would uncover from literature sources. You may choose to summarize people’s statements, but oftentimes it may be better to allow their voices to speak for themselves, and selections of the interview, if it had been recorded, can be used in quotes or block quotes. Typically the in-text citation acknowledges the date and person of the interview, e.g., (Interview with Mr. Green, October 30, 2019).

Assignments ABC
Order NOW For A 35% Discount!
Pages (550 words)
Approximate price: -

Why AssignmentsABC.com?

Top-Quality Papers with AssignmentsABC

Are you stuck with your paper? Is a research paper giving you a hard time crafting research topics? We assist students in achieving the best top-grade academic writing services in compliance with the provided instructions. Have your paper written with a certified specialist Ph.D., Bachelor's, and Master's graduates with many years of experience in academic writing. All our writers undergo thorough tests to ensure they are qualified writers and deliver the best consistent papers of high quality under tight deadlines.

1000+ Master's, Bachelor's and Ph.d. Experts

We ensure all our writers have the knowledge and experience of crafting the best papers before hiring them. Our writers have acquired Bachelor's or Ph.D. credentials from reputable institutions all over the globe. Our writers can handle papers from any discipline and can handle over 100+ subjects. Including but not limited to a dissertation, term papers, research papers, narrative essays, thesis papers, expository essays, etc. All your orders must pass through a strict protocol of our expert essay writing editors.

Affordable Essay Writing Services

We know that students have very limited budgets. And for that, we always strive to provide only the best, most affordable online college homework help services to our customers. We provide a great deal of student-friendly prices and professionalism with all our essay writing services. We provide great discounts for all our returning customers and new clients. Our paper writing services have a user-friendly interface and professional academic assistance. We are committed to assisting all students in any discipline regardless of their academic level. Place an order with an essay writer today.

Timely delivery of Work

Are you close to missing your paper deadline? Or spent a lot of time conducting extensive research and crafting papers? You are at the right place to get your research paper done in under 3 hours to meet your tight deadline. Our writers follow a strict schedule to ensure papers are delivered before the deadline to enable our editors to proofread before the final delivery to our customers. We strictly observe the early delivery of assignments to meet our clients' deadlines. You can, therefore, trust that your paper will be done within and before the set deadline.

100% Original Papers

"Hello, can you write my essay with 100% original content?" We are dedicated to conducting thorough research and writing papers from scratch to deliver original papers. Writers who deliver plagiarized papers are suspended to avoid future plagiarized papers. To avoid paper plagiarism, all orders go through steps of writing, editing, and proofreading. All papers are delivered with 100% plagiarism content. You can, therefore, rest assured that any signs of plagiarized or unoriginal content will be rejected before it reaches your portal.

24/7/365 Customer Assistance

We are dedicated to ensuring our customers have an excellent experience while using our essay writing services. Our customer support is available 24/7/365 to help clients and make their paper writing services easy to use. Our experienced support team is available to answer your queries any time, 24 hours a day. Kindly feel free to ask your queries on your order placement, payment methods, and order processing. Our customer support is always available round the clock and ready to listen to your queries. Feel free to contact us via our website or live chat.

Try it now!

Calculate the price of your order

We'll send you the first draft for approval by at
Total price:
$0.00

How it works?

Follow these simple steps to get your paper done

Place your order

Fill in the order form and provide all details of your assignment.

Proceed with the payment

Choose the payment system that suits you most.

Receive the final file

Once your paper is ready, we will email it to you.

Our Services

For years now, Assignmentsabc.com has stood as a leader in providing its customers with the best online college homework help service in the industry. And all you have to do is provide us with the details of your order. Leave everything else to us. We’ve always got you covered.

Essays

Essay Writing Services

Since we launched, Assignmentsabc.com deserved the best online “college homework help status” thanks to our essay ordering, writing, and delivery process. We deliver nothing but excellence in our results. Our essay writing services include impeccable grammar, zero-plagiarism, proper structure, and conformance to guidelines.

Admissions

Admission and Business Papers

Our top-quality online college homework help services guarantee that you will be accepted into your desired university. You just need to fill out your admission and business papers, and our team of online homework help workers will handle the rest. We will help you achieve and secure the best positions in your admissions forms.

Editing

Editing and Proofreading

At Assignmentsabc.com, we have a skilled writing and editing team that’s dedicated to creating, editing, and restructuring for all types of papers. Our online college homework help editing and proofreading team will check, paraphrase, and correct any grammar mistakes on your paper before submitting the final document to you.

Coursework

Technical Papers

At Assignmentsabc.com, we pride ourselves in having writers in almost all fields, even the most technical ones. You never have to worry about your paper being too technical for our certified online college homework help writers to handle. Mycoursewriter's team of writers can handle even the most complex writers. We will match your paper to the most competent writer that we believe will handle your paper the best way possible.

Open chat
Chat with us Live Here
Get in Touch with Our Live Chat Agents via WhatsApp on +1(346) 416-0954. Get Unlimited Access to Answers on Any Queries With Your Paper.