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Tag: participant observation
By Social Science Bites | Published: May 1, 2012
“Everybody lives in a society...They want to know what it is they’re living in” An exploration of the nature of the social sciences. How do they differ from the physical sciences? What challenges do they face? What is their value?
By Robert Dingwall | Published: November 29, 2011
This summer, I have been reading one of the most impressive ethnographies that I have seen for a long time: Playing on the Edge: Sadomasochism, Risk and Intimacy by Staci Newmahr. (I should declare an interest: I first came across Staci’s work in a couple of journal articles and on the strength of these, and [...]
By David Canter | Published: March 15, 2011
David Canter describes being marooned in Narita Airport when the earthquake struck. Having studied people’s actions in major emergencies as varied as the evacuation from the twin towers on 9/11 and the fire in King’s Cross station in 1987 it was with a mixture of horror and fascination that I found myself in Tokyo’s Narita [...]