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An anthropologist studying the social function of human skin has stated that tattoos are an ancient form of body art. Tattoos, she argues, function as a mode of self-identification; the placement and design of images communicate ideas of central importance to those who bear them. She hypothesizes that the resurgence of tattooing in Western cultures over the last 10-15 years is due to increased desire to express individuality in an environment in which other personal decorations, including clothing and jewelry, are mass-produced.

Which of the following research studies, if completed, would be most likely to provide evidence directly relating to the anthropologist’s hypothesis?


A. A study examining the attitudes in several Western cultures toward mass-produced clothing and jewelry.
B. A study that systematically interviews people with tattoos less than 15 years old to discover their reasons for tattooing.
C. A study surveying the work of other anthropologists on tattooing as a mode of self-identification.
D. A study of the most common designs for tattoos over the last 10-15 years that could determine correlations between popular images and culture.
E. A study comparing ancient and modern designs for tattoos that could reveal the way shifts in images reflect shifts in culture.
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An anthropologist studying the social function of human skin has stated that tattoos are an ancient form of body art. Tattoos, she argues, function as a mode of self-identification; the placement and design of images communicate ideas of central importance to those who bear them. She hypothesizes that the resurgence of tattooing in Western cultures over the last 10-15 years is due to increased desire to express individuality in an environment in which other personal decorations, including clothing and jewelry, are mass-produced.

Which of the following research studies, if completed, would be most likely to provide evidence directly relating to the anthropologist’s hypothesis?


A. A study examining the attitudes in several Western cultures toward mass-produced clothing and jewelry.
B. A study that systematically interviews people with tattoos less than 15 years old to discover their reasons for tattooing.
C. A study surveying the work of other anthropologists on tattooing as a mode of self-identification.
D. A study of the most common designs for tattoos over the last 10-15 years that could determine correlations between popular images and culture.
E. A study comparing ancient and modern designs for tattoos that could reveal the way shifts in images reflect shifts in culture.


Situation: An anthropologist believes that tattoos in Western cultures are used to express individuality.

Reasoning: Which of the following is most likely to yield evidence about why people get tattoos? The anthropologist believes that tattoos are, and have been from ancient times, a mode of self identification. Her theory about why tattoos have once again become popular in the last 10-15 years seeks to discover why people have returned to tattoos as a form of self-expression. In order to efficiently uncover the motivations for getting tattoos, the anthropologist should conduct interviews.
  1. This study would yield information about attitudes toward mass-production, but it may or may not have anything to do with tattooing.
  2. In order to prove that Western people get tattoos because of a desire to express individuality, the anthropologist’s study must examine motivations. These motivations can be uncovered through interviews.
  3. A study of other anthropologists’ work may or may not yield information about motivations for tattooing in the last 10-15 years.
  4. This study would yield no information about the motivations behind tattooing.
  5. This study would reveal nothing about why people in the last 10-15 years would want tattoos.

Answer: B
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An anthropologist studying the social function of human skin has stated that tattoos are an ancient form of body art. Tattoos, she argues, function as a mode of self-identification; the placement and design of images communicate ideas of central importance to those who bear them. She hypothesizes that the resurgence of tattooing in Western cultures over the last 10-15 years is due to increased desire to express individuality in an environment in which other personal decorations, including clothing and jewelry, are mass-produced.

Which of the following research studies, if completed, would be most likely to provide evidence directly relating to the anthropologist’s hypothesis?


A. A study examining the attitudes in several Western cultures toward mass-produced clothing and jewelry.
B. A study that systematically interviews people with tattoos less than 15 years old to discover their reasons for tattooing.
C. A study surveying the work of other anthropologists on tattooing as a mode of self-identification.
D. A study of the most common designs for tattoos over the last 10-15 years that could determine correlations between popular images and culture.
E. A study comparing ancient and modern designs for tattoos that could reveal the way shifts in images reflect shifts in culture.


Situation: An anthropologist believes that tattoos in Western cultures are used to express individuality.

Reasoning: Which of the following is most likely to yield evidence about why people get tattoos? The anthropologist believes that tattoos are, and have been from ancient times, a mode of self identification. Her theory about why tattoos have once again become popular in the last 10-15 years seeks to discover why people have returned to tattoos as a form of self-expression. In order to efficiently uncover the motivations for getting tattoos, the anthropologist should conduct interviews.
  1. This study would yield information about attitudes toward mass-production, but it may or may not have anything to do with tattooing.
  2. In order to prove that Western people get tattoos because of a desire to express individuality, the anthropologist’s study must examine motivations. These motivations can be uncovered through interviews.
  3. A study of other anthropologists’ work may or may not yield information about motivations for tattooing in the last 10-15 years.
  4. This study would yield no information about the motivations behind tattooing.
  5. This study would reveal nothing about why people in the last 10-15 years would want tattoos.

Answer: B


If the result of interviews does not support anthropologist’s hypothesis and provide a different reason for resurgence of tattooing then the result will actually weaken the argument rather than strengthening it.
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