What is a good format for completing a fieldwork report in anthropology. The topic is 'what is something that is quasi-religious?' I have chosen sports fandom and I attended a football match to...
What is a good format for completing a fieldwork report in anthropology. The topic is 'what is something that is quasi-religious?' I have chosen sports fandom and I attended a football match to conduct the study. Can you give me an example of the layout I should follow?
Since cultural anthropologists seek to study other cultures by spending time observing and interacting, they need good methods.
First, cultural anthropologists need to know the body of scholarly work that has been written already. Usually, a person does not study something never touched before. So, knowing what others have said is an important first step. In your case, others have written about the religious connotation of sports, such as Peter Berger.
Second, it is great that you went to a football match. This is where you have time to observe. So, you should jot down notes of what you see, not only among the fans, but also your surroundings - where is the game played, how much money do the tickets cost, etc. All of these details will give you insight into your study.
Third, you should have a section of interviews to test your thesis and conclusions. You may want a questionnaire or interview or both. The more you have, the better. The key is to have good questions.
Finally, you should synthesize all your research and you should have a paper. This paper should have a thesis, supporting points (which you should have from scholarly research, observations, and interviews), and a conclusion.
One more point, since you are making a connection to religion, you should also master some basic definitions of religion. in other words, what is religion and what are religious devotee like and how are sports fans like them.