Rites of Passage Assignment

ANTHROPOLOGY 1AB3: Assignment #1

Rites of Passage – Your complete response to all components of the question should be between 1800 and 2000 words, not including your References Cited page.  Note that all in text citations ARE included in this 1800-2000 word count. If you go over the 2000 word count, then 5/20 marks will be deducted from your paper. 5/20 marks will also be deducted if you are under 1800 words (remember these word limits DO NOT INCLUDE the Ref. cited page word counts). Also, there are no exceptions. Please do not email your TA or Professor to ask if 3 words over/under the limit, for instance, is okay, as it is not.

No title page: You do NOT need a title page, and you do not need to put your name, student number etc. on your paper. We can tell who you are on Avenue’s Dropbox.

FONT, SPACING and MARGINS: Use Times New Roman 12-point font with 1-inch (2.5 cm) margins. Your paper should be double spaced.

Upload a single file (this must include your paper and Ref. Cited page) in Word or PDF format only to Avenue’s drop box. Then log out. Log back into Avenue to make sure it is there.  If not, then upload it again.  We will not accept any excuses re: “It didn’t upload properly,” “I don’t know where it went??!!” Late marks apply if it is not uploaded on time, or if it is in an improper format. Word or PDF’s only.  It’s up to you to make sure it is uploaded on time and in the proper format. You will not be handing in a hard copy. Electronic copies only please.

Late penalties: Please refer to the syllabus.

Citation Style: In this class, we are using the Chicago Manual of Style Author-Date system (Chicago Style Guide). There are no endnotes or footnotes with this system. Refer to this website for examples of how to cite different types of sources like books, journal articles, etc.:


Here is an example of how a book with a single author would appear in your References Cited page:

Pollan, Michael. 2006. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin.

How to cite the textbook in your bibliography:

ANYTHING taken from our main textbook should be cited in your Ref. cited page like this:

Robbins, Richard, Maggie Cummings, and Karen McGarry. 2016.                                       Anthropology 1AB3: Religion, Race and Conflict – Custom Text. Toronto: Nelson.

The in-text citation would look like this:

(Robbins et al. 2016, page)

How to cite class lectures:

(REMEMBER: only cite lecture info that is NOT IN THE TEXTBOOK. You cannot cite lecture material that is discussed in the text. Original information only please. Lectures should be cited VERY sparingly):

McGarry, Karen. 2016. Title of Lecture. Lecture given in Anthropology 1AB3, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Date of Lecture.

The citation would look like this:

(McGarry 2016)

If you use multiple lectures, then they each need to be listed separately in your bibliography and put a, b, c, d, etc. at the end of your citation eg. (McGarry 2016a)

In-text (parenthetical citations) – these are the citations that you use in your essay. Note that we do not use endnotes or footnotes in anthropology.

Again, see the Chicago Style Guide link for other examples, but in text citations should look like this:

Single author:

(Pollan 2006, 99–100)

Two or more authors:

(Ward and Burns 2007, 52)

Remember: you need to cite direct quotes or any ideas that you paraphrase. If in doubt, cite it anyway!

NOTE: Please use direct quotes sparingly. Put author ideas into your own words and cite.

Rites of Passage

Turnitin – all papers uploaded to Avenue are automatically passed through turnitin.com where it is check for plagiarism against internet-based papers and articles, etc. Do not plagiarize.

Question – Answer each question separately (ie. not as one big essay!) and in paragraph format.  You will need citations and you MUST cite the textbook and additional scholarly, anthropological material (academic books, journal articles, etc). Magazines, websites, dictionaries, Wikipedia, online blogs, etc. ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE sources to cite.

Because you are answering each question individually, each question must be answered in full sentences, but you do NOT need a thesis statement.You may use as many scholarly sources as you need to answer the question to your satisfaction.

Rites of Passage QUESTION:

Rites of Passage – In class, we learned that transitional moments in an individual’s life are often accompanied by rituals called rites of passage. Rites of passage can be secular or sacred. For this assignment, you must identify and discuss one rite of passage in your culture or group (eg. age group, ethnic group, religion, etc.) that you identify with.  This should be a rite of passage that you have either experienced or witnessed. Then, answer the following questions:

  1. a) Briefly describe the rite of passage that you experienced or witnessed. What was this experience like, and how did it transform your status (or the status of others)?
  2. b) Discuss how well this rite of passage fits (or does not fit) the stages of a rite of passage discussed in your text and in class. Here, you MUST cite the text and additional, anthropological information on rites of passage.
  3. c) Compare this rite of passage with one other from a completely different culture (eg. if studying religious weddings, then two different religion). What are the similarities and differences? Here, you must do research to find the same or a similar rite of passage in another culture, and include citations.

REMEMBER: each of the above questions should be answered separately in paragraph format, not as one big essay.