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1. 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.
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2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Why does the risk of going native cause issues with regards to participant observation?

  • Because loyalty to a group or fear of reprisal may lead the sociologist to conceal information.
  • May lead to the sociologist becoming too objective
  • May not be able to provide any data at all

5. Why are participant observations argued to be flexible?

  • Because the sociologist can enter the situation with an open mind and discover things the researcher may miss.
  • Because the researcher can go native allowing them to find things they miss from other research methods.

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