Homework #7 - Rebecca Richardson Sociology 330 Section 1...

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Rebecca Richardson November 11, 2010 Sociology 330 Section 1 Homework #7 Ethnography There are a few limits to veracity, or a commitment to the truth. When doing field work a good researcher should ask “does this study depict what is accurate and true?”. One limitation of veracity is the extent to which one can gain unbiased information from the field. The field can be dangerous. For example, I am very interested in studying crime, especially in foreign countries. This spring and summer I am applying for an internship in Thailand. When I asked a professor who is in charge of this internship if I could work with the criminal justice system in Thailand he said it would be too dangerous so the likelihood of me studying crime there was almost out of the question. Another difficulty is that a researcher cannot be everywhere at one time, making it impossible for the researcher to get a full picture. Not only can the researcher not be everywhere at once, but he also cannot see, hear, or smell everything at once. For instance, if
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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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Homework #7 - Rebecca Richardson Sociology 330 Section 1...

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