Object biography | Biography on wheat

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Assessment 2 task description
Object biography (45%)
Word limit: 1,200 words (double spaced)

Task description
As ethnographers, one of the ways we can understand globalisation is
by considering aspects of everyday life and material culture that are
shaped by the political, economic and cultural forces of globalisation.
For this assignment, you will choose an object of material culture, such
as a product we eat or drink, or something we wear or use in everyday
life, and research and write a biography of that object. To do this, you
will compile ethnographic data on how the object is used and
considered, along with text-based information on the contexts in which it
is produced and traded.
After you have decided on the object you wish to study, the research
process can be divided into three steps, as follows:
Step 1: conduct a short field-work study of how the object is used or
consumed locally. For example, if you decide to do a biography on
coffee, you might begin by observing a context in which people drink
coffee, and making field notes about what you observe. This information
will form the basis of one part of your biography. It will probably make
up about a page of your object biography and it does not matter
whether you put this section at the beginning or the end of your
biography. You decide, based on how it fits in with the information about
where and how the object is produced.
When you write up your field observations, make sure to include details
about where and when you made your observations, who and what you
observed, some of the observations you made, and also the
conclusions you can draw (from this observation) about how the object
is used/functions within society.
Step 2: search the literature for information related to the way that your
object is produced, including the implications of its production for the
people who produce it, the environment and communities in which it is
produced, and the economic practices that shape the way the object is
traded. Read the relevant papers and make notes about the content,
including your responses to what you are reading and your own ideas
and understandings about it.
Step 3: write up your biography, making sure to include an analysis of
how the object is used/consumed locally, as well as information and
analysis derived from asking the following questions:

• Where and how is it produced?
• Who produces it?
• How is it used and considered by the people who produce it?
• How is it traded, both locally and globally?
• Who controls the trade and who benefits most from the trade?
• What impact does its production and trade have on physical, social
and cultural environments, locally and/or globally?
References
You should include reference to at least 6 sources, which must
include peer-reviewed scholarly articles or books, along with
other text-based sources, either audio or visual. These can be
drawn from print or online media sources, such as news articles,
podcasts or documentary videos, if they are relevant to your
biography. All sources must be included in a Reference list at
the end of your essay, presented in APA 6 th referencing format.
Assignment length
Your object biography should be 1,200 words in length, not including
the reference list.
Submission
There will be two Turnitin submission options provided for this
assessment in Blackboard, as follows:
1. Draft Upload (optional) – this allows you to submit your draft for this
assessment and do an originality check. Only ONE draft submission is
allowed, for which you will receive formative feedback from Turnitin in
the form of an Originality report. Please note that in busy periods an
Originality report may take Turnitin up to 24 hours to generate. Late
submissions are NOT allowed for a Draft submission. The assessment
submitted here will NOT be marked.
2. Final upload – this is how you submit your final version of this
assessment. Only ONE final submission is allowed, for which you will
receive formative feedback from Turnitin in the form of an Originality
report. Please note that in busy periods an Originality report may take
Turnitin up to 24 hours to generate. Late submissions to this point are
allowed (and will be subject to penalties as per the Late Assessment
policy in this unit outline). The assessment submitted here will be

marked.
2. Object biography (45%) Word limit: 1,200 words Task description:
As ethnographers, one of the ways we can understand globalisation is by
considering aspects of everyday
ANTH1001 Global Change in Australia and its Region
Bentley Campus
21 Jul 2016
Department of Social Sciences and Security Studies, Faculty of Humanities
Page: 4 of 11 CRICOS Provider Code 00301J The only authoritative version of this
Unit Outline is to be found online in OASIS
Faculty of Humanities
Department of Social Sciences and Security Studies
life and material culture that are shaped by the political, economic and
cultural forces of globalisation. For this assignment, you will choose an object of
material culture, such as a product we eat or drink, or something we wear or use
in everyday life, and research and write a biography of that object. To do this,
you will compile ethnographic data on how the object is used and considered,
along with text-based information on the contexts in which it is produced and
traded.
After you have decided on the object you wish to study, the research process can
be divided into three steps, as follows:
Step 1: conduct a short field-work study of how the object is used or consumed
locally. For example, if you decide to do a biography on coffee, you might begin
by observing a context in which people drink coffee, and making field notes
about what you observe. This information will form the basis of one part of your
biography.
Step 2: search the literature for information related to the way that your object is
produced, including the implications of its production for the people who
produce it, the environment and communities in which it is produced, and the
economic practices that shape the way the object is traded. Read the relevant
papers and make notes about the content, including your responses to what you
are reading and your own ideas and understandings about it.
Step 3: write up your biography, making sure to include an analysis of how the
object is used/consumed locally, as well as information and analysis derived
from asking the following questions:
· Where and how is it produced?
· Who produces it?
· How is it used and considered by the people who produce it?
· How is it traded, both locally and globally?
· Who controls the trade and who benefits most from the trade?
· What impact does its production and trade have on physical, social and cultural
environments,
locally and/or globally?
References
You should include reference to at least 6 sources, which must include peer-
reviewed scholarly articles or books, along with other text-based sources, either

audio or visual. These can be drawn from print or online media sources, such as
news articles, podcasts or documentary videos, if they are relevant to your
biography. All sources must be included in a Reference list at the end of your
essay, presented in APA 6th referencing format.
Assignment length
Your object biography should be 1,200 words in length, not including the
reference list.

Description

Wheat is one of the key grain crops grown and produced in Western Australia, specifically within the Perth. Western Australia produces about 50% of what produced in Australia on yearly basis which comes from about 4000 family farms located in WA wheat belt (Department of Agriculture and Food 2016).  Wheat is used in preparation of various food products in Australia and in the world.  Wheat is consumed in the morning during breakfast as cornflakes or baked as a cake or bread. Australian wheat is also used in making noodles and flat breads which are consumed in different times of the day in Australia (Department of Agriculture and Food 2016). Wheat is also used in making of biscuits, cakes and buns which are common delicacies in Australia. The food can be consumed at home or from a restaurant. It is easy to prepare and cook and, as such, it is widely used around the country. Wheat is also a major ingredient for alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine which are largely consumed in Australia. People mostly take a glass of wine which could have been manufactured using wheat or a beer after a meal or when passing time at home or in an entertainment joint.