1. 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
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2. Name one practical disadvantage participant observation can cause.
- Can be time consuming
- Can be too valid
- Can take too little time
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. What are the advantages of covert observation?
- Reduces risk of hawthrone effect.
- Observer can take notes openly
- Reduces risk of engaging in illegal or immoral activity.