1. Why does the risk of going native cause issues with regards to participant observation?
- May not be able to provide any data at all
- Because loyalty to a group or fear of reprisal may lead the sociologist to conceal information.
- May lead to the sociologist becoming too objective
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2. What are the advantages of overt observations?
- Allows researcher to gain insights through asking questions only an insider would need to ask and use interview methods to check insights derived from observations.
- Observer can take notes openly, ask naive questions that only an outsider could ask and use interview methods to check insights derived from observations.
- The observer can go native
3. What are the disadvantages of overt observations?
- Group may refuse researcher permission and cause hawthorne effect.
- Researcher may cause hawthorne effect and engage in illegal activity.
4. What are the disadvantages of covert observations?
- Cant combine other reserch methods,requires researcher to keep up an act and may risk engaging in illegal activity
- May cause researcher to go native, keep up an act and reduce risk of altering people's behaviour.
5. Why is participant observation argued to be valid?
- Because you can gain rich qualative data that provides a picture of how someone really lives.
- Because you can gain rich quantative data of how someone really lives.