Blog • May 13, 2021

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Participant observation is data collection method by scholars used in qualitative research. This method is employed in many disciplines, anthropology, sociology, communication studies, human geography, psychogeography and social psychology. Central questions in visual anthropology is that we have to decide how to take a camera into the field, while dealing with such issues as the observer effect.

Reflexivity journals refers to circular relationships between cause and effect, especially as embedded in human belief structures. We are prompted to think about how our ethnicity, race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, and other factors might influence research and enter the study with no misconceptions about not bringing in any subjectivities into the data collection process. As a process it involves intimately observing the environment and seeing what may have been previously unobserved.
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