Participant Observation

Participant Observation - Assessment of Participatant...

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Participant Observation Widely used--some behavior simply demands fieldwork/ethnography Detail notes of observation--cross-verification Validity--real-life depiction Limited generalizibiltiy Qualitative versus quantitative Subjective and descriptive versus cause/effect Role of the researcher: degree of involvement Researching Drug Dealers ( Patricia and Peter Adler) o Insider's perspective o Opportunism; stumble upon situation o "Snowball" sampling o Problems Effect of drug use (respondents under the influence) Risks Values, beliefs, and norms--conflict between researcher and subjects Ethics Covert research "Informed Consent" o See the Adler's, " Everyday Life Sociology ," Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 13. (1987), pp. 217-235.
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Unformatted text preview: Assessment of Participatant Observation Works for certain purposes Validity versus reliability Narratives and Personal Accounts Long history (Thomas and Zanieki: The Polish Peasant in America, 1918-1920) Accounts rendered by informants: democratic Factual accuracy versus interpretation o Subjects "construction of reality" ("verisimilitude") o Negotiation o Vocabularies of motive: stigma neutralization The professional fence Convicted rapists Male street hustlers College student cheating Accounts and vocabularies of motive are not "causes" of deviance, nor explanations: Simply (complexly) a view of how people maintain a sense of self....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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