homework 8 - Rebecca Richardson November 27, 2010 Cult Soc...

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Rebecca Richardson November 27, 2010 Cult Soc 330 Sec 1 Homework #8 Coding vs Indexing There are four main differences between conventional coding and enthnographic indexing. The first difference is that in coding the code categories are mutually exclusive where as in ethnography the categories can be but are not required to be exclusive. For example, a researcher could study a participant who is feeling both angry and pensive. In conventional coding this would be irrational but it ethnography it would not be illogical. The second difference is in the transparency of the units of coded data. Conventional data is very “opaque”, or difficult to see clearly while ethnography is very specified and transparent. With conventional coding there is lots of statistics involved which can envelop the data and transfigure it in math equations. In ethnography the codes are recycled and reread each time a researcher comes across the code in notes. A third difference is the procedure for assigning codes to the data. In
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 330 taught by Professor Goodsell during the Fall '10 term at BYU.

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