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For this paper, we are looking at Dr. Loïc Wacquant’s various studies in experimental ethnography. Where he immersed himself among local fighters, amateurs and professional boxers at a poor black neighborhood in the Chicago south side, first as an observer and eventually a participant of the sport. Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in the culture of others? This is what Dr. LoïcWacquant did with his research, he immersed himself in the boxing culture in a black poor community in Chicago south side. This type of study is called ethnography. Ethnography is a qualitative research design that studies a distinct culture within a society. Specifically in ethnography studies, the characteristics typically associated with a culture such as values, beliefs, behaviors and the way that a distinct group uses their language within that society. Usually this group of people has been together over an extended period of time allowing members of that distinct group to have very similar beliefs attitude behaviors language, and otherthings that make up their culture. Ethnographic research originates from anthropology and sociology. The research questions related to ethnography usually sounds something like, what is
Qualitative and Ethnography Research4the culture of (the group of people you are studying). With Dr. Loïc Wacquant’s research, what is boxing culture in a predominantly poor black neighborhood. Secondly, what is it like to be a, a boxer in this neighborhood. According to Dr. Marsha Henry, ethnography should be somethingintensively or deeply embedded and embodied. Therefore, the researcher have to immerse themselves in some context, and generally, it's embodied, in the sense that the researcher needs to put themselves into that context in some intensive way. Which Dr. Loïc Wacquant did, he immersed himself in his research by becoming a boxer himself, where he learned the science of bruising, strenuous preparations as a boxer by shadow boxing drills to sparring to fighting in tournaments. As an ethnography qualitative researcher solely relies on the researcher himself. Researcher has to be a good observant, they have to look at the ordinary and make it seem extraordinary, sometimes abnormal. “The qualitative researcher needs to describe relevant aspects of self, including any biases and assumptions, any expectation, and experiences to qualify his or her ability to conduct the research (Greenbank, 2003). Make notes of everything you observe and write out thick descriptions of it. Another good skill to have as a qualitative researcher is being a good interviewer. Asking open-ended questions, know when and what to ask, get to know your subjects, however, researcher has to make sure that they leave their personal bias outside the door, so that their personal feelings are not affecting the research. Lastly, researcher needs to be reflective, looking back on what you’ve done, such as reviewing what you observed and/or written down as the process of qualitative research is just as important as the outcome. “It is a useful for the qualitative researcher to keep a research journal explicating personal reactions and reflections, insights into self and past, in a separate journal, and how bracketing takes place” (Simon, M., 2011).