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Participant Observation

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 of Alcoholics Anonymous

This paper is an attempt to explore the possible research stances available to me involved in participant observation of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) of the Lehigh County. For this field study I chose to be a complete observer. I have to stay in many assignments I've done I never thought I had to study a group of people with a drinking problem, it was quite sad to listen to a young girls story. I felt like some sort of snitch, spying on a serious group of people, so please take this study seriously...

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Examine the advantages some sociologists may finds when using participant observation

sociologists may finds when using participant observation (20 Marks) Participant observation is where the researcher joins the group or community they are studying, the researcher will participate in the activities over a period of time, to do this, the researcher attempts to become accepted in order to collect more valid research and to try and see the world in the way the group does. There are two types of participant observation, Covert and Overt. Covert participant observation is where the researcher...

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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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Examine The Problems Sociologists May Find When Using Participant Observation In Their Research

Examine the problems sociologists may find when using participant observation in their research. When sociologists carry out an investigation, they can carry out their research in a number of ways. One way to do this is participant observation. 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. This approach is referred to as the 'Ethnographic Approach'. Ethnomethodology refers to the use of...

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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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The Cognitive Behavioural Approach to Counselling Therapy.

The cognitive behavioural approach to counselling therapy. The cognitive behavioural approach to counselling therapy. Participant observation How do we really find out about the way of life of a group of people? One way is to join them – to participate in their daily activities & observe what they say and do. This research method is known as participant observation. It was used by John Howard Griffin (1960) a white journalist who dyed his skin black in order to discover what it was like...

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Sociology

social actions. (Wikipedia, sociology, 2014) One everyday way for sociologist to research and collect data is called participant observation. Having 2 separate participants does this. One is a subjective participant and one is an objective observer. Sometimes these two people/ or groups of people know that they are being observed, and other times they don’t know. This form of observation is usually done over a long period of time. This can be months, years, or even over several generations. The objective...

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Ethnography in Marketing

subjects are researched this way the form is typically less structured. It is not laboratory based and subjects are more comfortable in areas they are already familiar with. Ethnography relies on participation as well as observation by researchers. In this method called participant-observation, researchers must be able to participate in an activity and understand the perspective of the individuals being studied as well as observe the subjects to be able to describe them to those not a part of the group being...

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