Observation

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  • 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

Advantages

  • 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.

Disadvantages

  • Past events being studied.
  • Risk of observer bias.
  • Hard to generalise to the whole population.
  • Gaining entry is…

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abi ashworth

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Rhys Cummins

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Rhys Cummins

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