Method and Measurement in Sociology by Aaron V. Cicourel

By Aaron V. Cicourel

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The 43 Theory and Method in Field Research solutions these writers offer are specifications for role behavior before others in the field. " s Schwartz and Schwartz characterize the "passive" participant observer as being similar to one observing behind a one-way screen. The idea is to interact with the natives as little as possible under the assumption that such behavior will interfere with the group's activities to a lesser degree and provide for a more natural observation of events. The "active" participant observer, in effect, "joins" the group he is studying to the extent that he feels they accept him as one of the group.

Sociologists usually use this method [participant observation] when they are especially interested in understanding a particular organization or substantive problem rather than demonstrating relations between abstractly defined variables. They attempt to make their research theoretically meaningful, but they assume that they do not know enough about the organization a priori to identify relevant problems and hypotheses and that they must discover these in the course of the research. Though participant observation can be used to test a priori hypotheses, ...

Despite the long history of field research, and the courses given in field techniques, there has been little effort to codify th~ different researches. The difference between working in one's own society and in one that is foreign provides a basic point of departure for the conditions within which the observer's perceptions and interpretations take on meaning. The sociologist who limits his work to his own society is constantly exploiting his personal background of experience as a basis of knowledge.

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