Recent times have seen fading away of the interest in the method of participant observation while more general strategy of ethnography has evolved. This form of study has much relevance in the field of social sciences, especially when the researcher is delving into the cultural background and history of people. The team of Dissertation Planet helps you prepare the correct questionnaires, guide you with what aspects should be given more importance, and help you decipher the observations to present them in the right format in your research paper. It is a complex work, and taking help from a team which is dedicated and concerned with your success is a wise decision.
Definition of Ethnography as per Hammersley and Atkinson 1995, p.1
“In its most characteristic form, it involves the ethnographer participating, overtly or covertly, in people’s daily lives for an extended period of time, watching what happens, listening to what is said, asking questions – in fact, collecting whatever data are available to throw light on the issues that are the focus of the research”
Ethnographic Research – Key Features
|An inclination to work mostly with the “unstructured” data. Basically, it involves dealing with the data has not been subjected to coding at the point of collection.|
|Detailed research and examination of a few research questions, sometimes only one.|
|Emphasis on exploring the nature of a particular social phenomenon, rather than setting out to test hypotheses on them.|
|In depth analysis of the data which involves clear understanding of the implications and purposes of human actions.|