a social club for veterans or a fraternal type organization

Select a community group to study. Some examples of community groups you might explore include:

  • An activity-based group like a book club, a soccer team, or a community choir
  • A religious or ideological community such as a church congregation or a local political party
  • A community organization like a Parent Teacher Association (PTA), a neighborhood association, or the volunteer committee at a local soup kitchen
  • An identity-based organization such as a social club for veterans or a fraternal type organization

It should be a group in which membership is voluntary and recreational.

Avoid the following:

  • Families
  • Workplaces
  • Ethnic or racial categories
  • Friend groups

You might wish to choose a group that you are a part of, or you might not. You can use your personal experience with the group to form the basis of your research question. Or you can ask members of the group about their experiences, which will help you develop your research question.In the template, write a paragraph (approximately 6-8 sentences) describing the community group you have chosen. In particular, be sure to answer the following questions:

  • What is the community group?
  • What are the attributes or characteristics of this community group? (e.g. What activities does this group do together? What element of the members’ interests or identities brings them together? How is membership in the group defined, if at all?)
  • What kind of experience with or access to this community group do you have?

HINTYou will use this same topic in Touchstone 3 when you present your research plan

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