- Key terms
- Ethnographic: the sociologist immersing themselves in the lives of others.
- Non participant observation: the researcher being an external observer, with no contact with the group at all.
- Participant observation: the researcher becomes immersed in the group, actually becoming a full member.
- Covert: the group being observed doesn't know they are being observed.
- Overt: the researcher is fully open with the group about their intentions of research.
Non participant/participant observation
- Gives a full detailed account.
- Useful when the subject cannot provide information.
- Useful when the subject is feared to provide innacurate information.
- Good for issues when questioning isn't appropriate. E.g. gang crime.
- Past events being studied.
- Risk of observer bias.
- Hard to generalise to the whole population.
- Gaining entry is…