Discussion Post

For your readings this week, complete THEMAP with short paragraph responses for each section. While there is no length requirement, your answers should be thoughtful and complete with evidence from the readings. Quotes are encouraged, but the bulk of the posts should be your own work and will therefore require some paraphrasing. As always, cite the page you are referring to when paraphrasing and place quotes around quoted material with a proper citation. Your responses will not only be read by your classmates and graded, but they will also provide the basis for your exams, so try to be as precise and thorough as possible.

Post your responses without including the questions. It wastes space and everyone knows what the questions are. Simply start each paragraph with the name of the section you are answering, e.g. Theory: Your Response.

Everyone is required to read the assigned chapters from Moore (2018), which summarizes the theorists’ work and provides some historical or social context. To reduce your reading load however, the readings from McGee and Warms (2016), or others, listed in the syllabus will be divided among you for the week as follows, based on the first letter of your last name:

A-Z: FREE CHOICE! Choose either Slocum, Leacock, and Ortner (can be found in the Modules under Feminism and Gender)


A-Z: FREE CHOICE! Choose either Abu-Lughod, Valentine, Wardlow, or Boelstorff (can be found in the Modules under Feminism and Gender)

DO NOT base your post solely on the introductory material in McGee and Warms or the Moore text (these are good for a general overview and historical context), but provide proof that you read the original work of the assigned author as well by referring to it specifically with quotes and page numbers.


-Moore: 158-164 (Leacock)

-McGee & Warms: 405-434 (Slocum; Leacock); 565-610 (Abu-Lughod; Valentine; Wardlow)

-Additional Readings: Ortner; Boellstorff

Here are the sections of THEMAP and some guiding questions to help you digest the theory.

Theory: What, if any, is the main theoretical perspective the readings/theorists have in common? Provide a brief summary of how the theory attempts to explain social and cultural phenomena and the types of questions it addresses.

History: What is the historical context of the theorists that shaped the development of the theory? Provide a brief summary of the relevant social forces, scientific advancements, or biographical events in the lives of the theorists that shaped the theory.

Evidence: What types of evidence were collected and analyzed to support the theory? How does the theoretical perspective shape which types of evidence were collected?

Method: What methods, as far as you can tell, were used to collect and analyze the evidence? How does the theoretical perspective shape how the evidence was collected and analyzed?

Application: How was the theory applied to understanding social and cultural phenomena? Do you think the theory can still be applied today? What would be an example?

Problems: What are some flaws you found in the theory or questions you have about the theory? For example, are there any serious gaps in the types of evidence it addresses, is there significant methodological and interpretive bias, etc.

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