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Examine the reasons some sociologists chose not to use participant covert observation.

Covert observation is a form of research; it is not often used by sociologists mainly
because of the practical and ethical issues that may arise when conducting the
research. In this essay I will discuss the disadvantages of…

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Participant's change their behaviour when they know that they are being studied (the
hawthorn effect) so covertly researching is a big advantage which could mean that you
will collect more valid data. However the addition of a new member could also change the
group's behaviour, then reducing validity. covert research…


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