Oakton Community College Valuable Items Reflection Paper

  • The object’s history (how you came to own it/who gave it to you)
  • Where you keep the object
  • When and how you use the object
  • What, if anything, does the object communicate about who you are as a person and what you care you about
  • The object’s market value, if known (what it cost when you or someone else bought it and what, if anything, you could charge if you were to sell it)
  • What other kinds of value (social, familial, historical, sentimental, etc.) it holds for you and why
  • How an outsider might respond to the object. Would they think that it is valuable? Why or why not?
  • Will the object always have the same value, or can its value change over time?
  • What might an ethnographer learn about you through the object?
  • Would the ethnographer have a different interpretation if they saw it in use vs. saw it sitting in a display case?

The paper should be typed in Times New Roman 12-pt font with 1-inch margins. It should be double-spaced. No separate works cited page is necessary if you use parenthetical citations, i.e., (Malinowski 1922: 27), but feel free to include one if you want. To receive full credit, the papers should be polished with minimal spelling, formatting, or grammatical errors.

For the valuable object you can talk about a watch my grandfather gave me the I love. It is a metal band omega watch.

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