Text: Rosaldo, Renato. 1993. ‘‘Introduction: Grief and a Headhunter’s Rage.’’ In Culture and Truth: The Remaking of Social Analysis. Boston: Beacon Press; London: Taylor & Francis. RESPONSE PAPERS ARGUMENT, QUESTION, CONNECTIONS, AND IMPLICATIONS: AQCI The aim of the AQCI is to orient you critically towards a text/author, to push you to discover: the questions the author is trying to grapple with or pose; the kinds of social relationships that come into view through this work; the kinds of evidence examined in support of the argument; the key concepts explored and how they relate to other material presented in the course. Keep in mind: in writing a response paper, you should be doing more than just expressing a personal opinion. It is one thing to express a personal preference or opinion, quite another to explain and argue why your reader should find that preference or opinion reasonable. In this exercise, you are giving reasons—for example, why a particular theoretical model is important and useful—and you are doing so on the basis of a close and careful reading of one or two texts. Here is the format we ask you to follow in writing your paper. You may include both 3a and 3b if you find you have space to address both: 1. ARGUMENT. In a paragraph, state the author’s explicit or implicit argument. Be sure to include both: what the author is arguing for, what s/he is arguing against, and what is the scholarly context to the argument. It may be useful to quote a sentence (or excerpts from linked sentences) from the text that you think is central to the author’s argument. Always cite the page number. 2. QUESTION. Raise a question which you think is not fully, or satisfactorily, answered by the text. The question should be a question of interpretation or of inquiry, not simply a question of fact. Then, as a way of responding to your question, elaborate on either: 3a. IMPLICATIONS. Lay out what this argument (#1 above) implies for understanding a scholarly topic or any facet of social or cultural reality in a paragraph or two. Please avoid making personal reflections such as “I find this reading boring,” or trivial ones like “I think poverty and inequality should end in society.” Or, alternatively: 3b. CONNECTIONS. In a couple of paragraphs, connect the argument of this text to an argument or point you find in another reading covered in this course or one you have picked up from earlier study in some social science class or elsewhere. In this regard, you may present a quote from the other text (citing it properly), and explain how the present text’s argument contrasts with, contradicts, confirms, clarifies, or elaborates the other text’s argument or point.
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