herself as a full participant in the social world under inquiry in order to

Herself as a full participant in the social world

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herself, as a full participant, in the social world under inquiry in order to capture the sensual and moral attraction that make members of that world tick. As Wacquant needed to explore his subjects in a complex environment, collect data from observing people, where he needed to explore and measure people’s responses as they struggle to accomplish their goals, qualitative research was the best research method for him to use. As quantitative research has been criticized of neglecting important aspects of human lives, explaining why a person behaves a certain way, it would not have been helpful for this research to utilize the quantitative method. As a human citizen of this world, understanding our social world should be a common sense task, however, this does not seem to be the case at all as there are many people out there who are still ignorant, uninformed, uneducated and/or just basically unaware of others that are also residing in this world. Social changes through policies are done through people. So I think ethnography provides researchers an opportunity to say something qualitatively rich and complex that they may not be able to say with other methods as it deals with human behaviors.
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Qualitative and Ethnography Research 7 Public policy deals with pressing issues mostly in education, problems related to children, adolescents, and young adults behaviors, which is mostly studied through qualitative research. “One of the strengths of qualitative research is that well-crafted studies can provide meaning to otherwise ambiguous observations and statements. Qualitative research’s history in anthropology has allowed individuals who have no understanding of cultures different from their own an understanding of the lives and practices of different peoples (Tierney, 2011). To me this is what public policy is all about. It’s the day to day practice of waking up in a community and building relationship with others where all can live in peace. A dream, yes but it can be attainable someday! References Henry, M (2015) Qualitative Research and Ethnography. doi:10.4135/9781473930117
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Qualitative and Ethnography Research 8 Greenbank, P. (2003) “The role of values in educational research: the case for reflexivity”, British Educational Researach Journal, vol.29 no.6 Tierney, William & Clemens, Randall. (2011). Qualitative Research and Public Policy: The Challenges of Relevance and Trustworthiness. 57-83. 10.1007/978-94-007-0702-3_2. Simon, M. (2011). Role of the Reseracher. Retrieved from Smith, T. (2013). Qualitative and quantitative research. Research Starters: Education (Online Edition) Wacquant, L. (2003). Body & Soul, Notebook of an Apprentice Boxer. Retrieved from Wacquant, L. (2011). Habitus as Topic and Tool: Reflections on Becoming a Prizefighter. Qualitative Research In Psychology , 8 (1), 81-92. doi:10.1080/14780887.2010.544176
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