Miner uses a distinctively anthropological form of observation and writing


Miner uses a distinctively anthropological form of observation and writing called “ethnography[1].” It is as if he is from another planet and is merely reporting what he observes without the benefit of any understanding of the culture he describes.

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  • Brainstorm other rituals of the Nacirema that might seem odd to someone from another culture or even from another planet. (For example, playing a particular sport, preparing and eating food, watching TV, shopping, going to a party, sitting in a classroom, et cetera.)
  • Write one paragraph or two describing another “ritual of the Nacirema” from the brainstorm list, using the same techniques Minor uses in his story.
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