Research Methods in the Social Sciences

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Research Methods in the Social Sciences Participant Observation/Ethnography First hand study of what groups of people do, think, believe, and feel: culture meanings Culture: rules and behavior Participant observation and in depth interviews pitfalls: going native and access Ethnography can help you understand culture settings. Ex. Wink does not equal twitch according to C. Geertz Create objective knowledge through subjective meanings Reflexivity- how to use knowledge in a specific setting You use your presence in the field as an advantage and not as an obstacle Going Native
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Unformatted text preview: Getting to involved with the group you study • A certain distance needs to be kept • Be in between not too close and detached Access • May be very hard to get • Ex. CIA or a gang Advantages and Disadvantages • Different questions: different methods Quantitative methods (surveys) • Large populations, broad trends • Lost nuances Qualitative Methods (ethnography) • Cultural meaning principles of behaviors • Generalization • Correlation does not always equal causation • Replicability- your findings are hard to copy depending on who’s doing the research...
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This note was uploaded on 10/14/2011 for the course SOCI 1101 taught by Professor Beck during the Fall '08 term at UGA.

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