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Assess the weaknesses of using observation for sociological studies.
(20 marks)

Observation is a common method which is used for observing people during studies; it
often provides the necessary information which is needed; however, this information is
not always reliable. This may be due to a number of reasons and…

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covert non-participant observation include the presence of ethical issues which include
deception and informed consent; this is because the participant is not being informed
that they are being observed and so as a result, they are being deceived. However this
can be overcome by using overt observation instead of covert…


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