My Big Fat Greek Wedding

“My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” Discuss the idea of two people from different cultural and family backgrounds and how they pull off a successful courtship and, eventually, marriage.

 

(b) First, rent, view, and enjoy the film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” Discuss the idea of two people from different cultural and family backgrounds and how they pull off a successful courtship and, eventually, marriage. Then, read chapter six on “

Your Assignment: Browse through the list of choices that follow here and settle on one that seems workable for you. Whichever choice you make, at least three outside scholarly sources must be referenced/cited. N.B. WIKIPEDIA is not a scholarly source. Term paper length will be six pages in total. Clear your topic with me in an e-mail message on or before Nov.30th.

(a) Pick a rite of passage observed in America (e.g., Sweet 16 or initiation to military service in boot camp). Interview someone who has experienced such a rite; record or otherwise take notes. Read pp. 324-28 in chapter thirteen. When you are sufficiently informed and have done some basic research and note taking, develop a paper that compares and contrasts the idea of rites/rituals in the modern world with ritual/s found among native, tribal people such as some discussed in our textbook. Since this is intended to be a researched, referenced paper, make sure to follow the directions for documenting sources provided by your instructor. You may quote from your interview notes. Do not identify your informant unless you have explicit permission to do so.

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(b) First, rent, view, and enjoy the film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” Discuss the idea of two people from different cultural and family backgrounds and how they pull off a successful courtship and, eventually, marriage. Then, read chapter six on “Social Identity, Personality, and Gender” and also chapter nine on “Sex, Marriage, and Family.” For chapter six, focus on pp. 131-145; similarly, for chapter nine, focus on pp. 209-212, 216-220; 224-231.

An alternative film here is “Bend it Like Beckham” from 2003. Here, the daughter of an orthodox Sikh family rebels against her parents’ traditionalism by running off to Germany with a football team.

(c) Go to Texas A&M University’s website on “Anthropology in the News” ( http://anthropology.tamu.edu/html/in-the-news.html). Pick a news story that relates to a topic covered in the textbook and/or one of the telecasts. Discuss the issue of the story this light. Pick a topic that appeals to you. It can be any one of these—

1. Social Identity, Personality and Gender

2. Sex, Marriage and Family

3. Chapters 15 “Processes of Change” & 16 “Global Challenges

4. Rites of passage- rites/rituals in the modern world with ritual/s found among native, tribal people such as some discussed in our textbook