Cultural anthropology is one of the sub-fields in the discipline of anthropology that seeks to understand human culture. Cultural anthropologists study culture from perspectives that include the political and economic. Writing a research paper in anthropology can be an enlightening task, and there are many topics from which to choose. Because cultural anthropology is an intrinsically interdisciplinary field, you can get fairly creative with your approach if you choose to do so.

Cultural anthropology is one of the sub-fields in the discipline of anthropology that seeks to understand human culture. Cultural anthropologists study culture from perspectives that include the political and economic. Writing a research paper in anthropology can be an enlightening task, and there are many topics from which to choose. Because cultural anthropology is an intrinsically interdisciplinary field, you can get fairly creative with your approach if you choose to do so.

Women in Culture

One of the movements that has gained tremendous impetus in the humanities and social sciences is the rediscovery of the role of women in history and their contributions to human culture. Many female researchers find that this approach to cultural anthropology corresponds well with their own research interests. It is also a field that many male students will find interesting. Possible topics within this broader category include the contributions of specific women throughout history. Another way to approach this topic is to look at one particular culture and the general role that women played throughout its history. For example, consider the role of women in terms of economic and political contributions and their role within the family.

Anthropological Theory

Another way that you can approach your cultural anthropology research paper is to examine a major theory or approach within the field. Brian Donohue-Lynch at Quinebaug Valley Community College notes that these theories are "big-picture roadmaps" that guide anthropologists as they conduct their research and construct their conclusions. Donohue-Lynch also notes that many of these theories arise within a larger historical context and are often influenced by what is taking place in society at that time. For instance, anthropologists in the 1960s and 1970s responded to the violence of those decades by writing anthropological studies that took the "human nature" approach--trying to understand human nature through the lens of what other cultures indicate it to be. Your paper can examine the development of one of these theories and the major theorists. Focus on how they developed their theories and reached their conclusions.

Systems and Organizations

Examine how a culture or several cultures constructed various systems or organizations throughout time. Some of these can include political systems, religious organizations, the family as a unit within society as a whole, economic developments and even the education system. Each of these systems or organizations can provide you with insight into a culture and how it functioned.