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[Catherine, Dr. Dawson] Introduction to Research M(Bookos.org)

[Catherine, Dr. Dawson] Introduction to Research M(Bookos.org)

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Participant observation emerged as the principal approach to

ethnographic research, which seeks to provide descriptive studies

of human societies (see Chapter 2).

Participant observation can be viewed as a methodology, rather

than a method, as it took shape within particular historical and

social circumstances within anthropology and sociology. It is a

procedure for generating understanding about the way of life of

others. However, as there are many practical ‘how to’ issues

involved in the use of participant observation, I am going to discuss

it as a research method. But as you will see, there are several

methodological issues which are raised in the following discussion,

especially concerning ethics and the personal role of the researcher.

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