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ENGL 1301 - Ethnographic Synthesis (Martin)

Starting Point


  1. Think about your topic and what are you trying to answer.  Terms? People? Organizations? Places? Objects?
  2. List terms that best represent the main concepts of your local community in specific and general terms.
    • your community - specific terms
      St. Edwards Catholic Church in Spring, Texas
    • your community - general terms
      Catholicism and (Spring or Houston or Texas)
    • related terms
      Catholicism; Catholic; religion; church; Christianity; faith; denomination; parishoners; church members; offerings; donations; Roman Catholic; diocese; archdiocese
  3. List issues or terms that may affect your local community.
    • broad: economy
    • narrower: recession; unemployment, mortgage crisis; sub-prime mortages; debt; deficit
    • broad: discrimination
    • narrower: racial discrimination; gender discrimination


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