Last Updated on January 14, 2020 by Karl Thompson
One practical problem may be gaining access
Analysis/ development – Deviant and criminal groups may be unwilling to allow researchers to gain access because they may fear prosecution if the authorities find out about them.
Analysis/ development – some groups may be unwilling to take part in research because of social stigma.
Analysis/ development – the characteristics of the researcher may exacerbate all of this.
Analysis/ development – A further problem, is that if all of the above are problems, the research is very unlikely to get funding!
A second practical problem is that some studies can be very time consuming
Analysis/ development – gaining access can take a long time, especially with covert research.
Analysis/ development – even with overt research, gaining trust, getting respondents to feel comfortable with you can take months.
Analysis/ development – unexpected findings in PO may further lengthen the research process
Analysis/ development – Some Participant Observation studies have taken so long that the findings may no longer be relevant—e.g. Gang Leader for a Day.
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