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Does it make sense to think about the government, the consumer/popular opinion, business or corporate interests, animal advocates, nonhuman animal others, or any other groups that might have a stake in this conversation?
Prompt uploaded and this is also as important: Minimum of 6 sources History as Context / Conversation as Context An informed, authoritative writer understands their topic in context. Context can be historical . Analyzing the past means grappling not simply with events, but with the issues and concerns of the time. Its not enough to read a contemporary account of the past; we must also look at the work produced in the pastits political speeches, court decisions, and media. Therefore, one goal of this assignment is to learn about the historical contexts of your problem: the laws, legal precedents, and institutional practices that underlie its current form, and economic, social, political, and/or environmental trends that have shaped its development. Context can also be rhetorical. We want to present the stakes that a given community has in the topic of our research, but we also want to interrogate the way those stakes get articulated by journalists, researchers, and politicians. Even within scholarly writing, you should become aware of how various communities (called disciplines) frame the same topic quite differently from one another. Identifying these relevant communities of thinkers and writers, analyzing their perspectives, and bringing their views together will help you gain a comprehensive understanding of your problem, and the authority that understanding entails. Questions (that might help to direct your research): What harm does the problem cause to individuals, communities, institutions, and/or ecologies? Why does the problem exist? When and how did it develop? Do any individuals, communities, or institutions benefit from it? Who is paying attention to and writing/speaking about the problem among journalists, politicians, scholars, other researchers, activists, governmental agencies, and/or industries? The Paper Importantly, this paper is not about providing solutions, but rather spending time with the issue at hand and exploring it in great depth. You are welcome to use the conclusion as an opportunity for expansionto gesture toward a solution, but the paper itself is focused on the historical conversation. Spend time with your evidence and the conversation (scholarly and popular opinion) in order to deepen your readers understanding of this problem. The History You are looking multiple kinds of histories that have contributed to the current problem. It is important to think about what kinds of examples are being used both in the present and in the past to present this issue. Have studies changed from then to now? Has the method of study changed? How have attitudes changed? Expert Opinion? Popular Opinion? Essentially in the HCP, you are arguing why this problem is indeed a problem and surveying the broader landscape of opinion in the service of your argument. Problematize history! History is interpretation. Your engagement with the historical is not about creating origin stories; it is about contextualizing the problem. How has the problem evolved over time and what/who has made the most impact on its evolution? The Conversation The HCP should draw on a variety of voices in the conversation surrounding your defined topic. These voices necessarily include both scholarly and popular opinion. Who supports? Who opposes? Why? Great HCPs show how these sources (voices) are related to one another and how they interact. Locate and identify debates and discussions among experts whilst taking into consideration the popular opinion on the issue. What voices should be represented in the essay? Who speaks for the animals? Does it make sense to think about the government, the consumer/popular opinion, business or corporate interests, animal advocates, nonhuman animal others, or any other groups that might have a stake in this conversation? Regardless of your position you must detail the majority of the voices in this conversation including those you disagree with. Remember, no conversation is linear. Also, you dont have to use any of our course readings as sources, but you might want to. Kathy Rudy’s Loving Animals is a great a great resource for finding other sources that may be more usefullook at the sources cited and the bibliography. Evidence You are welcome to use anything as evidence as long as you are able to argue the relevance of its inclusion. Key pieces of evidence may take the form of case studies, laws, data tables, images, incidents, or events. Whatever you choose, these pieces of evidence must clearly articulate the cultural, political, and social problem that is the focus of your project. Importantly, this is a multi-modal composition and you must include at least two multi-modal pieces of evidence in the final draft.