The Politics Of State Matters

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I have never really been a person for politics. It always seemed too easy to see people go into heavy defense mode to prove their points in an indecisive audience and try to share their opinions as facts. Meaningless arguments and pointless feuds start over miniscule topical topics. Fortunately in the area of anthropology, politics comes at a different context than to save its’ usual position for voting or presidential races. In anthropology, I learned about the politics of state matters. Finding out more than leadership but what keeps a group or community together or can tear citizens apart. I am a person who has dealt with projects of direct observation.

There’s something inherently interesting from looking at interactions and the
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I was hopeful that my time observing for APO and its members for a meeting could change my prejudice.

For materials, the subjects of this observational study were all of the members in the room but I paid a lot of attention to the Eboard staff. These were all college students that varied in age and college level of freshmen to senior but still in their early to late twenties. The Eboard officers consisted of the President, the Vice President of Service, Director of Communications, Secretary, Sergeant of Arms, Treasurer, Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Fellowship, Pledge Trainer, Conference Chair, and Historian. I had learned that all of the Eboard attend each meeting. The fraternity has both associates and active members. There are a majority of the active members are in the head and represent some of the leadership roles in APO. And even inactive members who are still apart of APO but take time off due to other activities or things happening in their lives where they can’t devote a lot of their time to earning points for service, fellowship, leadership, etc. Because APO was made before women were allowed to join in 1974, APO members would call each and themselves, “brother” to show a family like closeness to the Roosevelt male students in the past school decades. Even in today’s current age, “brother” is still a term of endearment even when said to the large female majority in the club. The past Monday went fine with
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