Ethnography The art of deep hanging out Sarah Tynen GEOG 5161- Research Design Dr. Ken Foote Geomethodology Presentation March 4, 2013
Strengths • Embraces the subjectivity of the researcher as an important source of contextualizing knowledge • Studies the human experience on a firsthand basis • Reveals the nuances of everyday practices • Situates the researcher and research subjects as an integral part of guiding and experiencing the research process • Allows the research design to evolve according to what is important to the research subject
Weaknesses • Can be limiting without critical reflexivity • Can perpetuate unequal power relations • Focusing on observation and conversation can lead us to forget to analyze what is unseen and left unsaid • Can lead to overgeneralization • Ethical considerations
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