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Define non-participant observation.

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Define participant observation.

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Explain the difference between overt observation and covert observation.

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4

How did Ned Polsky make contact with the subjects of their study?

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How did James Patrick make contact with the subjects of their study?

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How did Eileen Fairhurst make contact with the subjects of their study?

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Why was the role that Whyte took a suitable one for his purposes?

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What key problem does the participant observer face once that have been accepted into a group.

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9

Define 'going native'.

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10

What evidence is there that Punch went native in his research?

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11

Identify two problems sociologists might face when leaving a participant observation

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12

Outline four advantages of overt observation.

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Outline two disadvantages of overt observation.

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What is the main practical advantage of covert observation?

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Outline four practical disadvantages of covert observation.

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List the four ethical issues affecting covert observation.

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Explain the following advantages of participant observation:
- Validity
- Insight

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Why is participant observation a more flexible method that methods like questionnaires and structured interviews?

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Why might participant observation be the only method of studying certain groups?

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20

Suggest reasons why the researcher's personal characteristics might affect the success of the observation.

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21

Suggest two reasons why participant observation studies may not use representative samples.

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Why may the data from participant observation studies not be reliable?

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Give three reasons why participant observation studies may lack objectivity.

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Why do positivists argue that findings from participant observation studies may not be valid?

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25

Why do structural sociologists argue that participant observation may be inadequate?

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