Structural Violence Paper

Instructions
Description:
In this 4-page paper (not including the “Title Page” and the “Bibliography”), students are
required to first provide a detailed definition and description of “structural violence,” as
developed by medical anthropologist Paul Farmer, and then apply the concept to an event/
situation/circumstance in a cultural context somewhere outside of the United States. Students
should use the articles authored by Paul Farmer (posted on BbL) to define and describe structural
violence in the first two pages of the paper. The second-half of the paper will focus on an
example of structural violence in a foreign country (not the USA). Students should find this
“example of structural violence” in a publication from one of the following news sources: The
New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR, PBS News Hour, The
BBC, USA Today, The Economist, CNN, Fox News. Follow the “paper structure” guidelines
below and use the headings and subheadings provided. See syllabus and BbL for due date and
submission. Make sure you upload one copy your paper to BbL and email a second copy to your
GA for the course (NOT your TA – see syllabus for your GA’s email address).
Paper = 10 points (10% of course grade).
• 1-inch margins, 12 pt. font, double spaced
• The paper should include no more than four quotes. Each quote should NOT be more than
a single sentence. Quotes MUST be cited with author’s name, date, and page number (see
“citation and bibliography information” on BbL).
• Students must use one of the 10 news sources provided above. Keep in mind that the news
article you find will most likely NOT use the term “structural violence.” This is okay, YOU
should demonstrate how/why the news story is discussing an example of structural
violence.
• Make sure your paper cites sources correctly (in the text) and includes a bibliography at the
end.
• See the “Writing Advice” link on BbL to learn about “Developing a Thesis in your Paper”
and “How to Make a Claim.”
• Students wanting to present this paper to the class for extra credit must notify the instructor
in-person at least seven days before the paper is due (see syllabus). He will provide
presentation instructions at that time.Ant 102 Spring 2018
Paper Structure:
I. Title Page: “(The title of your paper)” – This is a separate page that does not count as one of
the four pages required.
[Part 1 = 2 pages]
II. Heading: “Introduction” – Explain the scope and aims of the paper (i.e. to provide a
definition of structural violence and then apply to a specific context). Present a thesis
statement in regard to structural violence (See “Writing Advice” link on BbL).
III. Heading: “Structural Violence” – Broadly define and describe structural violence and
introduce the “support” you plan to provide (i.e. demonstrate the aspects/components of
structure violence to demonstrate what means as developed by Paul Farmer).
• Subheading: [aspect/support paragraph #1] – Title this section/subheading as you think
appropriate (something like “Social Inequality,” for example).
• Subheading : [aspect/support paragraph #2] – Title as appropriate.
• Subheading: [aspect/support paragraph #3] – Title as appropriate.
[Part 2 = 2 pages]
IV. Heading: “Structural Violence in ……” or “Structural Violence Among….” – Briefly
introduce the social, cultural, political, and economic context of the place/people/
circumstance you plan to explore using terms and concepts learned in the course
(sociocultural characteristics such as religion, social organization, economy, etc. – you might
need outside sources to find this info). Provide a “Thesis Statement,” that clearly connects
structural violence to the socio-cultural context you plan to explore through an analysis of
the information presented in the news article.
• Subheading: [aspect/support paragraph #1] – Title this section/subheading as you think
appropriate.
• Subheading : [aspect/support paragraph #2] – Title as appropriate.
• Subheading: [aspect/support paragraph #3] – Title as appropriate, but also frame this
paragraph as a conclusion.Ant 102 Spring 2018
Grading Rubric:
Part 1 – First Two Pages (5 points possible)
• Minus one point for more than three examples of improper grammar and spelling
• Minus one point for inaccurate or incomplete definition of structural violence
• Minus one point for insufficient or incorrect thesis statement.
• Minus one point for inadequate or incorrect “support” of thesis/claim
• Minus one for inadequate or incorrect “support” of thesis/claim
Part 2 – Second Two Pages (5 points possible)
• Minus one point for an unclear thesis statement that connects structural violence to the
cultural context you are exploring (i.e. “why” this is an example of SV)
• Minus one point for inaccurate or incomplete description of the cultural context of
structural violence using terms and concepts learned in the course (people, place, etc.).
• Minus one point for inadequate or incorrect “support” of thesis/claim
• Minus one for inadequate or incorrect “support” of thesis/claim
• Minus one point for incomplete bibliography and/or in-text citations

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