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Author Chomczyński, Piotr, author

Title Doing ethnography in a hostile environment : the case of a Mexico community / Piotr Chomczyński
Published London : SAGE Publications Ltd, 2018
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Series SAGE Research Methods. Cases
SAGE Research Methods. Cases
Summary This case study focuses on my personal experiences of doing ethnography of Mexican community members dealing with drug trafficking. The case contains chiefly methodological reflections over a half-year postdoctoral ethnographic study, as well as my previous ethnographic projects carried out in the Ecuadorian community of Limoncocha and in Polish juvenile detention centers. I discuss the problem of some of the ethical issues connected with researcher involvement in daily activities with participants. Researcher actions undertaken in a field environment may require considerable effort in adjusting ones image (auto-presentation work) to an audiences assumptions and expectations. I also discuss my direct experiences with collecting and analyzing qualitative data to better understand the social conditions and drug-trafficking activities of community members. Data for the case study were collected using in-depth interviews, overt participant observations, and visual data
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Drug traffic -- Social aspects -- Mexico.
Ethnology -- Research -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Juvenile detention homes -- Poland -- Research.
Limoncocha (Ecuador) -- Ethnology -- Research
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1526459221
9781526459220 (ebook)