4.20 Ethnography

4.20 Ethnography - April 20, 2011 Ethnography Word of the...

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April 20, 2011 Ethnography Word of the Day Autonomous: possessed of autonomy, self-governing, independent, conforming to its own laws only and not subject to higher ones What if you have a question for which is it difficult to collect data or create a random sample? Or you cannot quantify it? Or pertains to experience? So, what if it’s hard to do an experiment? Then the ethnographic method would be appropriate. Ethnography : participant observation; up close first hand understanding of the social worlds, issues and processes of interest, particularly as they are experienced and understood by the individuals studied. Ethnography is also knows as participant observation. It was first carried out by Malinowski who studied life in Melanesia. Ethnography can be geared primarily toward participation, where the sociologists actively participate in the events he or she is studying. (example: Wacquant’s study in boxing gyms) Ethnography can also involve more observation than participation (example: Hochschild’s ‘Second Shift’) Ethnography differs from other types of research because the ethnographer is directly involved in
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