Research proposal

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Research Proposal

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The research proposal distils your research training to date and is at the core of your own plans. Basically it sets out the problem you intend to investigate and how you propose to go about it. Your description of the research problem should include a discussion of relevant literature in the field, and explain why your own research will be a contribution to the discipline. You should then explain why it makes sense to address your research questions through fieldwork in the specific place(s) in which you plan to work. The research proposal forms part of the research proposal portfolio. After you have submitted this portfolio, you will attend a fieldwork clearance interview with the PhD Committee. For all first year PhD students, the proposal should be a single continuous and complete prose document of up to 7,000 words for those taking training route 1, and 5,000 words for those taking the MPhil SAR. Do not attach separate documents or disks. It should be bound or stapled and should contain the following components: a. A review of the literature, both theoretical and ethnographic, with discussion of selected themes/ issues in the ethnography, and of relevant aspects of the history, economy, and languages of the region/ field where the study will be conducted b. An outline of the questions to be addressed and the expected contribution of the study to anthropological understanding c. A methodological discussion, in which theoretical questions and general issues are translated into researchable empirical questions and the methods to be employed are justified and described d. A discussion of the practical, political, and ethical issues affecting conduct of the research e. A presentation of the schedule for the research, and its estimated budget


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