In this week’s journal entry, you will critically reflect on your own beliefs and biases about your Final Research Paper topic by using the concept of self-reflexivity. Paraphrasing Crapo (2013), self-reflexivity is the process of confronting one’s own preconceived notions and examining how these may influence how one understands (or misunderstands) others. Understanding biases and beliefs about other cultures helps researchers apply cultural relativism to their work.
For this journal, consider the sources that you summarized for Part I and Part II of your paper in your “Week Three Assignment Worksheet.”
- What was your initial response to what you read?
- Can you identify any biases that you might have about the cultural practices you will discuss in either Part I or Part II of your Final Research Paper?
- Identify any problems you might be having in looking at your own culture from an etic perspective or the other culture from an emic perspective.