1. Explore current ethical issues in anthropology and fieldwork. Log onto the website of the American Anthropological Association, http://www.aaanet.org, then click on "Learn & Teach" followed by "Ethics Handbook," which will take you to the Handbook on Ethical Issues in Anthropology, edited by Joan Cassell and Sue-Ellen Jacobs. Select “Cases and Solutions," which can also be found at http://www.americananthro.org/LearnAndTeach/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=12912&RDtoken=38123&&navItemNumber=731;userID=5089. Here you will find several cases of ethical dilemmas faced by actual anthropologists in their field settings. Read any two cases, and see if you agree with the anthropologists’ decisions and the outcome of the cases as described.
2. The website http://astro.temple.edu/~ruby/ruby/boas.html contains the analysis of a film Boas made of the Kwakiutl in 1930, depicting the movements involved in dance, basketry, and woodworking. It is also a discussion of his contributions to the field of visual anthropology and suggests why he is such a revered figure in American anthropology. What are some of the major contributions Boas made to the study of anthropology?
3. Compare mainstream American wedding practices and those of other ethnicities. Search “wedding etiquette” for multiple websites and information on American and ethnic wedding norms, practices, and rituals. What are the major characteristics of the American wedding and the division of its expenses? What do these norms reveal about contemporary American culture? Research further and find ethnic or regional variation in American wedding customs.