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  • Participant Observation Advantages and Disadvantages

    Introduction All methods involve observation‚ but participant observation is characterized by the extent to which its advocates insist on observation and interpretation of a situation‚ informed by an understanding of the situation from the point of view of the participants rather than the observer. An attempt is made to avoid imposing categories from outside. Participant observation is the method of anthropology‚ although it is used in a wide range of sociological studies when the researcher has ’become

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  • Participant Observation

    Participant Observation Sports are important social mediums in our country‚ but basketball is the only sport where you can go to almost any park and play with complete strangers. While other sports involve diverse equipment and numerous amounts of players‚ basketball is a quick and easy game that only takes a court and a ball. While using the participant observation method‚ one can easily see how pickup basketball becomes a common stage for social interaction. While my original perspective of

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  • Participant Observation

    Statement of thesis Throughout “Participant Observation” the author explains the importance of participant observation and the trials faced by many ethnographers. Dewalt & Dewalt expound upon this by stating what basic elements and attitudes are needed to do participant research effectively. This reading shows how observers face ethical dilemmas‚ gender disadvantages‚ family and safety issues‚ and‚ most importantly‚ limits to participation. How far are they willing to go to gather information

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  • Participant Observation

    ANT 2410: Participant Observation Exercise in Turlington Plaza Going into this project my partner‚ Connor O’Brien‚ and I were both determined to observe students as they move through campus. We felt that this would be a beneficial thing to observe as it would provide us with a wide spectrum of students to observe. It would also give some insight into how students move across campus. After considering multiple possible locations‚ my partner and I decided that the best place on campus for our observations

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  • Participant Observation in Sociology

    methods involve observation‚ however‚ participant observations is defined by when the researcher themselves participates in the activities of those he or she is observing and studying. Hughes (1976)‚ describes participant observation as‚ ’ When the researcher becomes part of a daily round‚ learning languages and meanings‚ rules of impersonal‚ relations... and in short‚ living the life of the people under study.’ 1 Participant observations come in two forms‚ overt participant observations‚ in which‚ the

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  • Scientific Method and Participant Observation Observer

    tradition of sociology is another major source of modern field research . In the late nineteenth century‚ as social reformers and sociologists turned first to social surveys and then to a more varied methodology based primarily on field observation. What is field observation? Ethnographic research offers an orientation to understand the process and structure of a social setting and employs research techniques consistent with this orientation. It is the study of both explicit and tacit cultural knowledge

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  • Participant Observation Essay

    Participant observation is a form of observational research method where the researcher takes part in the event or the everyday life of the group while observing it. Participant observation is classified into two types‚ covert – where the group is unaware that they are being observed by a researcher as he assumes a false identity and overt observation is where the researcher reveals his true identity and purpose to the group being studied‚ therefore making them aware that they are being observed

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  • Examine the Problems Sociologists May Find When Using Participant Observation in Their Research.

    using participant observation in their research. All sociological research methods involve observation‚ however‚ according to Hughes participant observations is defined by when the researcher themselves participates in the activities of those he or she is observing and studying. Participant observation is a primary research method in which a sociologist studies a group by taking a role within it and participating in its activities. There are two different types of participant observation. Overt

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  • Assess the Strengths and Limitations of Using Overt Participant Observation as a Means of Investigating Police Attitudes

    Assess the strengths and limitations of using overt participant observation as a means of investigating police attitudes. (15 marks) Overt participant observation involves the researcher being open with the group they are going to study. This means they are able to over-see the experiment that is taking place whilst being involved in it. A positive of using this method when researching police attitudes is that as the researcher will be involved in the experiment; they will gain first-hand experience

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  • Using material from Item A and elsewhere, assess the strengths and limitations of using participant observation methods to investigate gang culture.

    Using material from Item A and elsewhere‚ assess the strengths and limitations of using participant observation methods to investigate gang culture. Item A: Venkatesh was a student at the University of Chicago in 1989 when he became interested in the housing projects surrounding the university where 27‚000 people lived. He approached a group of Black youths hanging around a stairwell in one of the project buildings but instead of answering his carefully prepared questions he found himself held

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