Qualitative and ethnography research 5 advantages for

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Qualitative and Ethnography Research 5 Advantages for conducting an ethnographical research are also its disadvantage. As it took Dr. Loic two years to conduct his research, it could have it made it or break it for him. His first hand observation and the length of time that he had to conduct his research provided him more information than he expected. As the research was extended over a longer period of time, it provided him with extensive and in-depth findings on the boxer’s behaviors as well as his own. Not only that, because of the length of time, he was able to have his research evolve and explore new lines of inquiry. However, as mentioned above, its advantages could also be its disadvantages. Because of the length of time that it took for the research to produce reliable results, it could be way too long of a wait. And as the research is solely relied upon the researcher’s views and observations, as well as the views and observations of a small group of people, the results could be skewed because of the observer’s cultural bias or ignorance. Dr. Loïc Wacquant’s research recounted how he took up the “ethnographic craft, stumbled upon the Chicago boxing gym that is the main scene and character of my ethnography of prizefighting in the black American ghetto; and designed the book Body and Soul that reports on its findings so as to both deploy methodologically and elaborate empirically Pierre Bourdieu’s signal concept of habitus” (Wacquant, L., 2011). Wacquant's work explores and links together diverse areas of research on the body, urban inequality and ghettoization. Wacquant immersed himself in his research and not only because an observer but also a participant member of his research. He studied as a boxer himself, where he “aimed to provide a demonstration in action of the fruitfulness of an approach that takes seriously, at the theoretical, methodological, and rhetorical levels, the fact that the social agent is before anything else a being of flesh, nerves, and senses… a ‘suffering being'” (Wacquant, 2003) in other words, Carnal Sociology. Carnal sociology aims
Qualitative and Ethnography Research 6 to understand the social world the way people do, through the body. By exploring it’s pains, pleasures, and peak performances. Wacquant shows great understanding for the sport, as well as the interpersonal and mystified aspects of the gym, and is able to put this together in sociological terms and aspects. Because of this, I have to say that Wacquant stayed true and ethically on his research. Did he have a neutral stance? One would say yes, as he is researching and writing from his own observation and experiences, however, one would also say that because of the time that he spent researching, he was able to build relationships with the participants of his research and this could skewed the results of his research. Nonetheless, many admired him and his research that he came to be known as a carnal sociologist. A carnal sociologist immerses him or

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